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DUKE 
UNIVERSITY 




DIVINITY SCHOOL 
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MINUTES 

OK THE 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Annual Conference 



yiethodist Protestant Church, 



-nr.i.n at 



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e< NOVEMBER 22--27, 1893. >« 



L. L. ALRIGHT, Secrelary and FublisMng Committee. 



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MINUTES 

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NORTH CAROLINA 

Annual Conference 



Methodist Protestant Church, 



-HELD AT- 



La GRAXGE, N. C, 



«< NOVEMBER 22-27, 1893. >> 



L ALBIGHT, Secretary and Publishing Committee. 



1893 : 

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WINSTON, N. C. 



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NOVEMBER 22nd, 1893. 

The sixty-eighth session of the North Carolina Annual 
Confei^ence of the Methodist Protestant Church, convened in 
La Grange, N. C, November 22nd, 1893 ; and was called t<j 
order at 9:30 o'clock by the President, W. A. Bunch : and was 
opened with religious services conducted by the President. 

On motion the bar of conference was fixed at the fourth 
seat from the pulpit. 

Rev. Mr. Broom, of the M. E. Church, South, was intro- 
duced to the Conference and invited to a seat within the bar. 

Bro. C. L. Whitaker, Sec, stated, that owing to his hav- 
ing sustained an injury, in the right arm, during the vear, 
which disqualified him for acting as Secretarv ; he would re- 
sign the Secretaryship. The resignation was accepted and 
Bro. L, L. .\lbright was elected Secretary pro tern. 

The Rules of Order used for last Coni'erence were, bv vote, 
adopted for this. 

A motion was made that the order of the day be suspend- 
ed until the first thing after the reading of the minutes at the 
second day'ssession. butthe President was not in favor of post- 
poning important lousiness to accommodate tardv members, 
so Bro. Garrett withdrew his motion. 

Plro. C. A. Pickens in the chair. Bro. Bunch proceeded to 
read his annual report. ( See Appendix. ) 

The report, b3^ vote, was referred, Bro. \Y. A. Bunch'scharac- 
terwas i^assed. ThePresidcnt in the chair asked indulgence, un- 
til afternoon session, for ap])(nnting Committees. Rev. W. E. 
Swain and Bro. E. A. Carter were ajjpointcd a Committee on 
Credentials. The following were appointed to receive monies: 
Foreign Alissions, N. M. Modlin ; Home Missions, ]. G. \V. 
Holloway ; Local ]\Iissi(ins, O. P. Routh ; Seminarv and 
Ministerial Education, W. C. Lewis ; Snjieranuates and Col- 
leges, J. H. Slcjwe ; Pul^lishing Minutts, G. F. Alillowav,, 



The lioufs for Conference were fixed as foflows : Meet at 
9:30 A. M., adjourn at 12 M.;meet at 1:30 P. M.,and adjourn 
at pleasure. 

Bro. W. C. Hammer in the chair, a motion was made to 
change the hour for electing the officers of the Conference t(7 
3 o'clock on the second dav. Carried. 

Bro. Bunch in the chair. Urgent invitations for the next 
Conference were received from Chestnut Ridge, .A.shboro, and 
Mt. Hermon. 

A standing vote decided that the next Conference would 
be held in Ashboro. 

The Conference proceeded to the election of the following 
as Standing District Committee, viz : Revs. T. J. Ogburn, W. 
W. Amick, Jeremiah Hunter, and Bros. W. O. Donnel, of Oak 
Ridge, 0. R. Cox, of Cedar Falls, and John Snotherfv, of Mil- 
ledgeville. 

It was voted that the Conference meet on Wednesday be- 
fore the fourth Sunday in November, ISO-i. 

Bro. T. J. Ogburn stated that Bro. Tagg, editor of the 
Methodist Protestant, had asked him to represent the paper, 
take subscri])tions, and receipt tor the same. 

It was ordered that the Secretary be the Publishing Com- 
mittee. 

Eleven o'clock, Friday, was '^elected as the hour for hold- 
ing Memorial Services for Bro. J. R. Ball. 

Voted that a Committee on Ministerial Official Character 
be appointed. The following were appointed : Bros. C. A. 
Cecil. J. S. Dunn, and W. D. Foglcman, 

Conference elected as Committee on Ministerial Moral 
Character, the following : Revs. J. L. Alichaux, D. A. High- 
fill, W. W. Amick, and Bros. J. H. Pegram, J. R. Stockard. 

The President read the Act incorporating the N. C. Confer- 
ence, and it was ordered that the same be inserted in the print- 
ed minutes. (See Appendix.) 

Revs. D. A. Highfill, W. W. Amick and Bro. B. Davidson, 
were elected Trustees of the Conference for three 3'ears com- 
mencing Tanuarv 1st, 1894. 



It was ofdered that a Committee to and it accounts of the 
Ministerial Education Fund, also the accounts of the bene- 
ficiaries, be appointed, and that said Committee report the 
status of same. Revs. J. N. Garrett, W. C. Hammer, and Bro. 
J. W. Guver, were appointed. 

The Committee on Credentials made the following report : 

PARTIAL REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS. 

Littleton— A.. E. Carter; N. Granville— R. J. Paschall: 

Winston Circuit — Z. M. Rea; Greenville — ^J. W. Pearson; 
Randolph— H. T. Lowe; Guilford— J. W. Guver; 

Davidson^Alex. Surratt; Cedar Falls — W. D. Fogleman: 

Spring Church — T. N. Ctew; Ashboro — B. F. Bulla; 
Albemarle — C. Y. White; Roanoke — A Braswell: 

Surry— H. L. Powell; Stanley— A. A. Howell; 

Forsyth — R. L. Cox; Winston St. — ^_y. H. Pegram; 

Bellemont — ^J. R. Stockard: Orange — ]. D. Williams; 

Liberty— J. H. Bowman; 
Adjourned to meet at 1:30 P. M, 

AFTERNOON SESSION, 
Bro. D. A. Hightill read resolutions which were laid upon 
the table until the first business Thursday morning. 
The President announced the following committees ; 
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES : 

Faculty— T.J. Ogburn, W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, T. F, 
McCulloch, W. E. Swain, W. F. Ivennett, J. F. Dosier. 

Missions- D. A. Highfill, I. I. York, H. F. Lowe, G. \Y 
Pearson. 

COLLEGKS— J. L. Michaux, W. T. Totten, J. Norman Wills, 
W. C. Hammer, Jr. 

Boundaries— W. C. Hammer, Sr., S. R.Harris, [. L. Ogburn, 
C. Y. White, Arch. Braswell. 

Literature— C. L. Whitaker, J. R. Savage, Z. M. Rea. 

Finance— W. F. Kennett, W. E. cSwain, Archie Braswell. 

Temperance— J. E. Hartsell, R. L. Cox, J H. Bowman. 

Sunday School— T. F. McCulloch, E. A.'Plvler, ]. A. Pow- 
ell, T. N. Crew. . 

Pastoral Work— W. C. Hammer, Sr., A. W. Linebcrrv, [. 
H. Pegram. 

Fraternal Relations— W. C. Kennett, W. W. Amick, F. 
M. Fox. 

Ordinances— C. A. Pickens, R. R. Hanner, A. N. Roberson. 

Correspondence— J. N. Garrett, f. G. fohnson, E.A.Carter, 

President's Report— T.J. Ogburn, C. A. Cecil, R. J PasehalL 

Statistics— W. F. Ashburn. ' 



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Unfinished Business — W. E. Swain, J. W. Guyer. 
Pulpit Service— W. L. Harris, S. I. Sutton, J. JM. Hadley. 
Christian Endeavor— L. L: Albright, J. F. Dosier, J. Nor- 
man Wills. 
Conference Steward— J. S. Williams. 

A Committee of one was appointed to ascertain who are 
the claimants to mone^' in the hands of Bro. C. L. Whitaker, 
collected for expenses to General Conference. C. L. Whitaker 
Avas apyjointed. 

Bro. J. S. Hunter of Greensboro was made custodian of 
the journals and documents of the North Carolina Confer- 
ence. 

Bro. Highfill read a resolution regarding the credentials 
of female ministers, which, after discussion was tabled, until 
the previous resolutions offered b}- Bro. Highfill be disposed 
of. 

The character of the following brethren passed. W. C. 
Kennett, W. E. Swain. J. P. McCulloch, J. P. Dosier, J. N. Gar- 
rett, J. K. Hutton, C. L. Whitaker, C. A. Cecil J. S Dunn, R. 
R. Hanner, J. G.W. Holloway, N. M. Modlin, O. P. Routh, I. 
I. York, W. C. Hammer, G. P. Millloway, J. H. Stowe, W. P. 
McDowell, W\ P. Ashburn, W.M.Pike, C.A.Pickens, D. A. 
Highfill, W. P. Kennett and W. W. Amick. 

Adjourned with benediction by L. L. Albright. 



SECOND DAY— November 28, 1893. 

■ The Conference was called to order by the President, and 
religious services were conducted by Bro. C. L. Whitaker. 

The bar of Conference w^as made to include si.x; seats in 
front of the pulpit instead of tour. 

The minutes of the first day's proceedings were read, cor- 
rected and adopted. 

Rev. J. E. L. Winecoff, of the Presbyterian church, was in- 
troduced to the Conference and invited to a seat within the 
bar. 

The hour of the day having arrived, resolutions offered by 
Bro. Highfill were read. Bro. W. C. Hammer called for the 
Chair to rule the paper out of order. The President decided 
he could not, and Bro. Hainmer appealed from the decision of 



the Chair. The Conference sustained the Chair. The resohi- 
tions were adopted, which are as fo]k)ws: 

Whereas, The General Conference which sat in Westmin- 
ster, Md., in May 1S92 did submit to the Annual Conferences 
an overture in the words following, viz: 

1 . Amend Article XII, by adding : "And provid-^d that no 
y\nnual Conference shall elect a woman to the office of Elder." 

2. Amend Article XII, b}' adding: And provided that no 
Annual Conference shall elect a woman as a representative to 
the General Conference." And 

Whereas, It is evident that it was the intention of the 
majority- t)}^ the aforesaid overture which was adopted to 
make the action of the General Conference of 1892 binding 
upon the church, although said accion w^as in conflict with the 
solemn declarations of preceeding General Conferences, one of 
which was clothed with conventional powers. And, 

Whereas, This was an attempt to reverse the established 
order of procedure (which requires a vote of two-thirds of the 
Annual Conferences to alter or amend the constitution,) and 
impose upon those who adhere to the law as heretofore ex- 
pounded l)y the highest authorities in the church, the necessi- 
t}' of securing a vote of two-thirds of the Annual Conferences 
to annul the unlawful action of the General Conference of 
1892. And, 

Whereas, It is evident tons that the prohibitions of the 
aforesaid overture are already in the organic law of the 
church; Therefore, 

Resolved, By the North Carolina Annual Conference, that 
we do here and now refuse to vote on the above named over- 
ture. 

D. A. HIGHFILL. 
J. L. MICHAUX. 

Bro. T. J. Ogburn, as chairmfin of Committee on Presi- 
dent's report read the following which was adopted: 

Your Committee on the President's Report woidd report 
as follows : 

1st. We recommend the appointment of the committee 
suggested for more proper looking after the young students 
for the ministry. 

2nd, The remarks on the theory and practice of Baptism, 
w^e refer to the Committee on the means of grace.^ 

3rd. To the Committee on the Y. P. S. C. E. we refer 
that part relating to said society. 

4th. Remarks on missions are referred to the Church Ex- 
tension Board. 

5th, Suggestions as to boundaries referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 



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6th. Remarks Concerning Committee on Finance, are re- 
ferred to that Committee. 

7th. We recommend the appointment of a Special Com- 
mittee to whom should be referred the insubordinate conduct 
of the Quarterly Conferences of the Fors\^th and Guilford Cir- 
cuits. 

8th. To the Committee on Literature are referred the 
suggestions as to Church papers. 

9th. Th e reference to inefficient preachers is referred to 
the Committee of Reference. 

10th. Your Committee would respectfully emphasize the 
importance of immediate action upon the General Conference 
overtures referred t(j. 

T. y. OGBURN. 
C. A. CECIL. 
Committee on Credentials made a second partial report 
which was adopted as follows: 
LaGrange — ^J. McDixon; Haw Iviver — W. F. Freddy; 

Buncombe — William Clinton; Cleveland — ^J. A. Powell; 
Lincoln — W. C. Childress; Greensboro — -J. Norman Wills; 

Monroe — D. A. Bra^well; Ashboro — W.C. Hammer, jr; 

Henderson — S. R. Harris; Granville — fas. T. Cozart; 

Flat Rock— J. L. Ogburn.' 
By vote the overture from the General Conference concern- 
ing the seating of the Presidents of Young People's Societies 
of Christian Endeavor was sustained. 

The overture from General Conference regarding the elec- 
tion of Stewards was lost by one vote. 

The hour of the day was suspended that Bro. T. J. Ogburn 
might make a partial report as chairman of the Committee 
on Examination. Report adopted. 

FIRST PARTLXL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF EXAMI- 
NATION. 

1. Bros. J. H. Stowe and G. F. Milloway having passed 
an approved exammation on all the studies of the whole 
three 3^ears' course excepting Logic, we most cheerfully recom- 
mend them for ordination, requiring them however to review 
Logic. 

2. Bros. W. F. Ashburn and N. M. Modlin have also 
passed well in all the studies excepting Logic and Butler's 
Analogy and we recommend them for ordination requiring 
them to review the above studies and to submit, each, a ser- 
mon on Apostas3^ 

3. Bros. T. M. Johnson and J. S. Williams having gradua- 
ted from the W. Md. Theological Seminary and the Board 



being satisfied, as in their general qualification, in view of 
evident emergencies of the case we recommeiad their release 
from the ordinar\' requirement as to time and their ordina- 
tion; requiring them to study Butler's Analog\' and Bro. 
Johnson to ])repare a sermon on Apostasy. 

4. Bro. J. D. Williams is recommended by the Orange Cir- 
cuit (juartcrlv Conference ibr itinerancy. We recommend him 
to the Stationing authority, but would insist that he must 
prepare for examination on tlie 2nd year's course at the next 
Conference. 

Respectfullv Submitted 
T.J. OGBURN. 
Secretary of the Board. 

J H. Stowe, G. F. Milloway, W. F. Ashburn, T. M.John- 
son, J. S. Williams ajid N. M. Modlin were elected to elders 
orders. 

The hour of the day ha ving arrived, Conference suspended 
business to hear the Conference Sermon by Bro. J. F. Dosier. 
After the sermon the l^rethern who were elected to orders 
were ordained. Adjourned. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
The brethern who were ordained at the close of the morn- 
ing session were received cis members of the Conference and 
their names were ordered to be recorded on the Conference 
Roll. 

The following was ado])ted: 

• Resolved, That the next President elected be required to 
travel the district during the vear. 

J. S. DUNN. 
I. I. YORK. 

By vote it was decided that the President be the Station- 
ing Committee. 

It was voted thau a Committee on Appeals be appointed. 
The President appointed the following: Revs. }. L. 

Michaux, A. W. Lineberry; W. W, Amick and P>ros. [. L. Og- 

burn, R. M. Cox, Z. M. Rea. 

The foUowiug resolution was ]Dassed: 

Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Secretary o^ 
this Conference, if possible, to secure reduced rates on all" the 
Rail Roads leading to the seat of Conference, and publish the 
rates to the church, together with the schedule of the arrival 



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of the different trains, a^ least four weeks prior to the sittin"' 
of Conferenee. 

D. A. HIGHFILL.. 
C.A.CECIL. 

A Committee to look after the young men eontem])lating 
the Ministry was appointed asfollows: Rev. \V. C. Hammer, 
Bros. J. L. Ogburn. J. Norman Wills. 

A Committee on Insubordinate Action on Forsyth and 
(Tuilford Circuits, was appointed as follows: Revs. T. F. 
AlcCnlloeh, W. F. Kennett, Bro. J. H. Bowman. 

Revs. T.J. Ogburn, C. A. Cecil and Bro. W.T.Clinton 
were appointed a Committee of Reference. 

The following report from Committee un Literature was 
received. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LITERATURE. 

Whereas, We believe that, as a man canrret be an intelli- 
gent Christian without reading his Bible, neither can he be an 
intellegent Methodist Protestant without residing at least 
one of our own Church Papers. And 

Whereas, The Methodist Protestant has continued to 
improve until it is better than ever, therefore we take pleas- 
ure in recommending it to our people and urging them to 
take it. 

We recommend that j^astors sec that our Sunday Schools 
use our own Literature. 

We also recommend the Methodist Recorder and Mission- 
ary Bulletin to our membershiyj. 

And further, as we do not believe a man can he an intelli- 
getit Methodist Protestant without reading one or more* of 
our own church papers we do not believe that anv minister 
should receive work from this Conference nor should any laj.-- 
man be elected a delegate thereto who does not take at least 
one of our own Church papers. 

C. L. WHITAKER. 
Z. M. Rea. 

The Conference by vote made it the duty of each pastor 
to inform his people of the contents of the above report. 

J. H. Stowe was elected a tnemljer of the Board of Exami- 
nation to fill the vacancv caused by the death of Bro. J. R. 
Ball. 

The President announced the hour ufthe day to be the 
election of officers. 

On second ballot Rev. T. T. Ferree was elected president. 
Bro. Swain was asked to escort the President-elect to the 



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chair where Lliv. retiring president invited him to take his seat. 
Br<j. Bunch made a})[)r()priate remarks and returned 
tlianks to the people of the North Carolina Conlerence. 

The followini^' resolution was pas^ed by a standing vote. 

Resolved, That we herebv express our hearty apprecia- 
tion of the faithful, earnest and efficient labors of our worthy 
and much loved ex-[)resident, the Rev. VV. A. Bunch; and that 
we shall ever pray God's blessing upon him wherever His 
Providence mav call hitn to labor, 

T. T. Ogburn, W. L. Harris, W. C. Hammer, \V. W, Amiek, 
r>, A. Highhll. 

Bro. W. A. Bunch moved that the President cast the vote 
of the Conference for Bro. L. L. Al!)right lor Secretary-. Car- 
ried. Conference adjourned with the benediction by Brc;. J. N. 
Garrett. 

PHH^D DAY— November 24th. 

Conference called to order by Bro. Ferree, and religious 
services conducted by Bro. T. F. McCulloch. 

The minutes of the previous day i"ead, corrected and 
adopted. Bro. W. A. Bunch was added to the stationing com- 
mittee, j. H. Gilbreth was introduced to the Conference. 
Conference ordered tliat all ])ast(jrs be required to hand 
in their reports onstatistics and finance by 2 o'clock this 
afternoon, or be required to give a good excuse, or receive a 
reprimand. 

Rnles of order, No 23, were amended bA- adding "except by 
a two-third vote of the Conference." 

Rev. T. T. Ferree's character was passed. 

The character of the following ministers passed: A. W. 
i^ineberry, J. E. Hartsel,J. R. Savage, T.J. Ogburn, T. M. 
Johnson, W. L. Harris; J. H. Moton, W. C. Lewis, E. A. Ply- 
ler, L. L. Albright, P. D.Moore, J. L. Giles, W. B. Martin. 

The committee on F'inance submitted their report which 
was moved to be adopted. 

Conference suspended for thirty minutes that the people 
of LaGrange might decorate the church for the memorial ser- 
vices. 



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Devotional exercises were eondijctecl l)y Bro. I-'erree, and 
Rro. J. L. Michaux read the lollowing memorial: 

REV. J. R. BALL. 

The North Carolina Conference, year alter vear since it 
came into being, has not been wanting in reminders oi" tlic 
mortality of its raeml)ership, and that the names of its most 
laborious and successful \vorkmen must inevitably be trans- 
ferred from the list of the living to the lunger and ever-grow- 
ing list of the dead. 

Another and well-knovs-n name, that of Rev. Ia.mes FJiley 
R.«i.LL, who mingled witli us in the transactions of this C(3n- 
ference one 3'ear ago, when called by 3'our Secretary will re- 
ceive no answer. The voice that was wont at so man3^ return- 
ing sessions to answer to that na.rae is stilled forever, and 
none of us will hear it any more, save in imagination onlv. 

But, anticipating this void in our assembly and this silence 
on the part of one who will be seen among us no more, the 
special obituary committee appointed in the interval of 
Conference by the Executive of the District, lieg leave to pre- 
sent a brief tribute to the memory of our l)eloved departed 
P)rother : 

Rev. James Riley Ball, son of Jairus I'all and his wife 
A'[ar3' Ball, nee Roberts, was born in Buncomlie county, N. C, 
October 26th, 1834, and died at his home in Greensboro, N. C, 
June 14th, 1893. 

The first appearance of Bro. Ball in an Annual Conference 
was at Yadkin Institute in November, 1860, when he came 
both as a lay^ delegate from Buncombe Circuit and a candi- 
date for the itinerancy. Being assigned as junior preacher on 
the Granville Circuit, he went at once to his field of labor on 
which he did effective work during 1861. From Granville he 
went to Orange, and the Conference of 1864 assigned him to 
Halifax Circuit, during which year. May 18th, 1865, he was 
married to Miss Lucv Wkight, eldest daughter of Mr. Thom- 
as D. Wright, ol Franklin county. 

Completing the year 1865 on Flalifax Circuit, Bro. Ball 
was transferred by appointment to Granville Circuit, from 
which after a 3'ear or two he was sent to Orange Circuit, and 
from thence, in 1868, he removed to his farm in Buncombe 
count3'. After an interval of about three 3'ears he entered 
again upon active work and was assigned again to Orange 
Circuit. From Orange Circuit he went to Roanoke, and at 
the Conference of 1876 he was assigned to Greensboro Circuit. 

On this last named field, alternating with Guilford, Or- 
ange, and the Oak Ridge charge, and with a year or two in 



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the executive office, our deceased brother spent the 3'ears be- 
tween 1876 ami the date of his death — his last appointment, 
Liberty Gireuit, l:»eing a detached portion of what had been 
Greensboro Circuit. Our Brother was also, at different times, 
a representative in the (jeneral Conferences of his church. 

Brother Ball was empha<:ieally a useful man, and in 
that direction all his lalxirs were given. His gravity and 
earnestness, which marked his character in a high degree, his 
sense of solemn responsibility, liis ardent zeal, his unremitting 
toil, comijined to make his ministry a decided success, and 
the warm attachment which he always won from the 
churches which shared in his labors Avill linger long as the 
odor of pi'ecious ointment poured forth. 

A close and prayerful student in the Holy Scri])tures and 
in the best authorities on doctrinal and practical Theology, 
!iis mind was informed and his imagination chastened liy the 
unsearchable riches of truth, as the truth is in Jesus, while a 
rich personal experience of saving grace lent to his preaching 
a pathos which won many hearts to the faith of the Gospel. 

A thoroughly sincere and solid man was our deceased 
brother. His mind showed no affinity for aught but that 
which he believed to be of practical value. 

The themes of his sermons were to him of momentous im- 
port, and he never failetl to impress his hearers with the 
solemn issues involved in his message to dying men. During 
the later years of his life he seemed to grow more sensible of 
the burden of his responsibility, and more thoroughh' absorb- 
ed in the great ]:)eoblem of Redemption through the atone- 
ment of Calvary. Whithout doubt his last da3^s were his 
best days, and that in this season he had a precious reaffirm- 
jition to his consciousness of the unshaken, immovable firm- 
ness of the Foundation on which his soul rested. 

Contrary to what usually obtains m the closing years of 
ministerial life, when, almost as by general consent, habits ol 
study are relaxed, and ]3h_vsical and mental forces alike sur- 
render to the approaches of age, Bro. Ball seemed to gird 
up the loins of his mind anew, and applied himself with more 
than his earlier diligence to the acquisition of Scripture 
knowledge and to the careful preparation of his sermons, so 
that, instead of declining in forcefulness as a preacher he 
often went down irto deeper depths, soared to subliraer 
heights and penetrated into broader fields. 

All through his career he was a dilligent student, not of 
the letter which killeth, but of the Spirit which giveth life, 
choobing the best authorities and delving patienth' in the 
mines of sacred thought for the treasures which enrich and 
beautif\- the Sanctuary of our God. 

The personal appearance of Bro. Ball as he stood in the 
pulpit and conducted the worship was in a marked degree 



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commanding. Dignified^ placid, serene, deliberate, reveren- 
tial, devout; solemnly impressed with the weight of his charge, 
his voice, his gestures, his general expression — altogethei — 
brought his audience into sj'mphathy with the occasion and 
the message. 

Nor did he lay aside any of these characteristics in his fre- 
quent visits to the families of his charge. Here h"^ was be- 
comingly cheerful, adaj)ting himself wiseh^ to the surround- 
ings, yet avoiding everything irivolous or otherwise excep- 
tionable. 

His evident interest in the home affairs of his ilock made 
liim a welcome guest wdiere he came, and his Christif n deport- 
ment and pious conversation were a savor of life and a last- 
ing benediction. 

From his attached friend and schoolmate. S. V. Pickens, 
Ssqr., of Hendersonviile, N. C, come the following leminiscen- 
ees : 

I had known personally and well the late Rev. J. R. Ball 
from early childhood to the time of his death, but far more in- 
timately in earlier than later life. He was my senior bv about 
two years. We were born and raised on the same creek — Flat 
Creek — in Buncombe count}', N. C , our parents living about 
two and a-half miles apart. He w£is one of the several sons 
< f Jairus and Mary Ball. The latter was a sister of James Ri- 
ley Roberts, the father of the late Rev. W. McB. Roberts of the 
N. C. Conference. They w^ere, therefore, cousins as well as 
close friends and class-mates at College. 

In the years '57 and '58 we were all students at Tusculum 
College, Tenn., Dr. Samuel Doak, a Presbyterian minister, then 
being President. "Jimmie Ball," as he was called by the boys 
of the College, like most others from North Car( lina — and the}- 
were many — rented rooms and did his own cookmg, — "bacht- 
lored," as this manner of living was, designated ; and well do 
I remember his and Will Roberts' Cottage, nearh' one mile 
from the College building, at which so many hours were pleas- 
antly spent. Indeed, it was a sort of resort or headquarters 
for North Carolinians. 

We were also together one year at Weaverville College, 
M. C. During his entire college life he was prompt in business, 
faithful to dut\', successful in the prosecution of his studies, 
and ever sustained the re])utation and character of a christian 
gentleman. Of his faithfulness to duty, the high trust commit- 
ted to him, and his efificiency in his profession .since he entered 
the ministry, the record is already made, and his nameindelibly 
written in Heaven." 

Our deceased Brother, as has been stated, was by the last 
Annual Conference assigned to the pastorate of Liberty Cir- 
cuit, and on that field he did his last work. 

At frequent intervals for some years past he had been 



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subject to seasons of sickness more or less serious, and during 
the winter and spring of 1893 he was far from well. He how- 
ever braced himself as well as he could against th^ inroads of 
a growing debilitx', and threw unusual life into the perform- 
ance of his pastoral duties, preaching with much warmth and 
vigor, until Monday', May 22nd, 1893, when he returned home 
from the labors of the previous day, in which he had preached 
twice with his usual zeal and force. He reached home in a iee- 
ble state of health, and under the impression, as he said to his 
family, that he had gone and returned for the last time. His 
]jhvsician did not regard his malady — malaria and nevous 
prostratio.T — as serion-^, but found, aay by day, that the men- 
tal depression of the patient neutralized theeflScacy of the rem- 
edies used. This state of thin^^s continued and the patient 
grew weaker gradurally— without any positive disease — -until 
Wednesda}', June lith, in the morning of which day there were 
?darmiing sym^jtoms of dissolution. These symptoms grew 
more j^ronounced as the day wore on, and by noon hope had 
well-nigh fled. A number of close friends, in addition to mem- 
bers of the family were present to extend any aid within their 
power, but it was onlv to witnes.-^ the quiet breathing out of 
the S])irit which w is so:)n to leave its tenement of clay for its 
house "eternal in the heavens." 

Aijout forty minutes previous to the last Iireath Rro. T. F. 
McCulloch asked: "Do you feel that the Saviour is with you?" 
The reply was : "Yes." For some while the patient seemed to 
be conscious of no pain, and at last, without a struggle or a 
groan, the spirit ascended to its rest. 

The funeral took place at 10:30 A. M., on Friday, June 
16th, ill Grace Metiiodist Protestant Church, Greensboro, and 
was numerously attended b_v friends and the public, wdio show- 
ed marked respect for the occasion. 

The following exercises were held at the church : The an- 
them ; "Blessed are the Dead," was rendered by the choir, 
w^hich Avas followed by the reading of the hymn, "Jesus Lover 
of My Soul," and the opening prayer by Rev. S. H. Hilliard, 
of West Market Street, M. E. Church, South. The Scripture 
Lesson, the 90th Psalm, was read by the pastor, Rev. J. S. 
Williams, after which Rev. J. L. JMiehaux delivered the Me- 
inorial Address. Following the address Rev T. J. Ogburn 
delivered brief, appropriate remarks, based upon John 17:24. 
Another hymn was sung: "Asleep in jesus," and the funeral 
cortege proceeded to Green Hill Cemetery, where, after the 
reading of the burial service by Rev, T. J. Ogburn, the bod^- of 
our departed brother and fellow laborer was committed to rhe 
earth, awaiting the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The deceased left behind him to mourn his departure a de- 
voted and stricken wife and four children, for wdnom our earn- 
est prayers should be given that they may meet thei;, 



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loved one in the deal hless home to which we confident!}^ be- 
lieve he has gone. 

And thus, beloved, as xhe years roll by. one by one, our 
toil-worn workers in the harvest field of the world, who have 
iong endured the burden and heat of the day, ])ass over to the 
other side of the river where the weary find their rest, and toil 
and suffer no more forever. 

[. L. MICHAT:X, 
T. I. OGBURX. 
1. ALLEN HOLT. 
"S. V. PICKENS. 

Revs. J. S. Dunn, j. N. Garrett, C. A. Pickens, W. C. Ken- 
?.iett, A. W. Lineberr3^ T J. Ogburn and W, A. Bunch made 
touching and appropriate' remarks on the lite and death of 
Bro. Ball. Bro. Bunch proposed to raise mone_v for a me- 
morial window for Bro. Ball in Grace M. P. Church of Greens- 
boro. Bro. J. Norman Wills on behalf of said church promis- 
ed $22.50 toward the window. Conference raised the forty 
additional dollars. J. H. Gilbreth of the Society of Friends 
made a few remarks and the Conference adjourned with the 
benediction by Rev. J. L. Miehaux. 

AP^TFRNOON SESSION. 

Rev. J. H. McCulloch, Ex-President of Adrian College, 
was introduced to the Conierence. 

To-morrov\' at 11:3;) o'clock was set for the time of taking 
collection for Local Missions 

Ten o'clock to-morrow set to hear J. F. AtcCulk)ch on 
Colleges. 

Report of Committee on Finance was tabled. 

The Conference decided to take up the interest of Yadkin 
College. Bro. Garrett proceeded to make a report as a Trustee, 
Action on Yadkin College interests was deferred until certain 
propositions be made to the Conference. The Conference re- 
quested the Committee on Colleges to report to a session of 
Conference to be held after the lecture to-night. 

The character of the following ministers passed : J. S. 
Williams, H. Lewallen, J. W. Heath, S. A. Cecil, C. F. Harris, 
J. L. Miehaux, S. Simpson, R. R. Miehaux, A. L. Hunter, A, 
K. Scotten, W. C. Lassiter, W.T. Totten, J. G. Johnson. F?ros. 
P. A. Sides, H. D. Garman, J. B. Naugie, were referred to Com- 
mittee of Reference. 



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E A. Wright transferred to the Mississippi Conference. 

Letters from Rev. J. C. Berrien, Cor. Sec. of the Board of 
Ministerial Education, and Rev. F. T. Tagg, Editor of the 
Methodist Protestant were read. Bro. Tngg's letter was re- 
ferred to Committee on Literature and Bro. Berrien's to Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Education. The chairman of the Com- 
mittee on examination made second partial report, which was 
odopte 1. 

SECOND PARTL\L RHPORT OF THE BOARD OF EXAMI- 
NATION. 

1st. We recommend W. C. Lewis for ordination. 

2nd We recommeTul the ordination of J. G. W. HolJowav 
and require him to review Butler's Analogy and Logic b\- the 
next Conference 

3rd. On motion the name of J B. Naugle was stricken 
from the roll of Theologues. 

4-th. W. C. Lassiier passed an examination on Ralston 
and Watson, 1st and 2nd parts, and was advanced to class 
of 3rd year, but is to review Blackburn and Rhetoric. 

We also recommerid him to the stationing authority. 

5th. H. S. B. Thompson was recommended to the Presi- 
dent for em])lo_vment and admitted to the class of First 3-ear. 

6th. D. H. Braswell is reconunended to the President for 
employment. 

7th. W. D. Fogleman is recommended to the President 
and required to pass an examination on the first year's course 
at next Conference. 

8th. O. P. Routh passed a good examination and was ad- 
vanced to the class of the 2nd year. 

9th. J. R. Hutton is passed to class of 2nd year, except- 
ing on Bassett, and is permitted to complete the 3rd j-ear's 
course by next Conference 

10th. J. R. Walton is admitted to theclass of the 1st year, 
but not recommended to the President because he ought to 
complete his education. 

11th. Bro. J. B. Tarlton, alocal elder, comes recommended 
by the Monroe Quarterly Conference, for the itinerancv, not- 
withstandin2^ his apparent competence and the abundant en- 
dorsement given him, we yet hesitate to recommend him be- 
cause of the crowded state of our itinerant ranks. 

Item eleven was so amended as to recommend Bro. Tarl- 
ton to the President for employment, and the report was 
fidopted as a whole. 

W. C. Lewis and J. G. W Holloway were elected to orders. 
Adjourned with prayer by Bro. N. M. Modlin. 



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NIGHT SESSION> 

President in the chair. 

W. F. Ashburn and J. D. Williams added to the Committee 
on Colleges. 

Characters of C. E- M. Raper and C. H. Whitaker were 
passed. 

The Committee on Pastoral Work submitted following re- 
port which was adopted: 

REPORT OF COMAilTTEE ON PASTORAL WORK. 

The success of ever3' local church depends, to a great ex- 
tent upon the pastoral work. It is not true that ever}' popu- 
lar preacher is a good pastor. The efficient and successful pas- 
tor must do much work outside of the pulpit. This is so true, 
that he has no time to idle or take up other callings or work. 

There are the class-books to look a^'ter. He should see 
that each class is provided with a suitable blank book, and 
that the names of all the members are plainly enrol'ed therein; 
and that all the changes are plainly- noted, such as deaths, 
withdrawals, changes made b\' marriage, etc. And there are 
Sundaj^ Schools, class-meetings, and prayer-meetings to look 
after. For no church siiould be without these means of grace. 
And we would specially press the importance of pastoral vis- 
iting. The sick and infirm members shoukl l^e visited, prayed 
with, and sympathised with. Not only should we visit sick 
and infirm members and comfort them with Gospel truths, 
but those who are physically healthy, but morally afflicted, 
should be specially cared for and properly treated. 

In short, the members should be visited, instructed and 
pra3-ed with. However, amid all this work, a proper propor- 
tion of time should be given to pulpit preparation, for the 
Gospel is God's special means in saving sinners. 

We therefore recommend that pastors be requested to use 
all the time that they can spare from pulpit preparation, and 
apply to pastoral work. For, out of the pulpit, there are 
wolves and proselytes that need watching as well as the work 
that should be done to build up the church and save sinners. 

Respectfullv Submitted 
W. C. HAMMER, 
A. W. LINEBERRY, 
T- H. PEGRAM. 

Committees on Boundaries made a partial report. Confer- 
ence voted to consider the report item by item. 

FOURTH DAY— November 25th. 
The Chairman called the Conference to order and W. C. Ken- 



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nett conducted religious services. The minutes of the previous 
day's work were read, correctei! and adopted. 

The hour of the day tor hearing Rev. J. F. McCulloch op, 
Colleges having arrived, l)usincss was suspended. After Bro. 
McCulloch's address the Conference recognized his presence bv 
a standing vote and was led in prayer by Bro. Swain for 
God's blessing upon the cause he represented. 

The hour of the day having arrived for the meeting of the 
Local Missionary Society, Conference again suspended lousi- 
ness. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Committee on Colleges submitted their report as fol- 
lows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COLLEGES. 

Your Committee on Colleges would respectfully report: 

We notice with gratification the continued prosperitv. 
rnd, as we believe, the increasing usefulness of Western Marv- 
land College, and wc- henrtiiy recommend it to our ])eople as jii 
every sense worthy of their patronage 

We also call attention to .Adrian College as an institution 
under the control of the General Conference ofoui- church, 
and entitled to receive due consideration at onr iiands. 

We do not deem it amiss to call attention to our Theolog- 
ical Seminary at Westminster. Aid. We are deeply impressed 
with the importance of this instituticMi's being fchoroughlv 
sustained, and patronized, so far as possible. We deprecate 
the lack of interest existing vi/ithin our own borders, as evi- 
denced by the meagre collections for its support, and also bv 
the fact that the blank reports sent out to the pastors do noi 
provide for a report npt;n this item. Future progress and an 
educated ministry are inseparable, and the proper mainten- 
ance of the Seminary is indispensable to the complete educi 
tion of our young men. We recommend that ever^- pastor be 
required to faithfully present the claims of the Seminary in 
c miuction with the oth.-r ireneral interests of the church, and 
in everv case to take a collect'.on for its support. 

We have had und :?r codsideration the uiterests of Yadkin 
College. The facts in the ras", as we gather them from Bro. 
Garrect, represe.itin .C t'le instit itioi. and Bro. Pow'ell, a stu- 
dent, and the records of the conference, are: The Annual Con- 
ference of 1891 was re luesterl by the Board of Trustees of the 
College to authorize the mortgaging of the property in order 
that funds to complete the building might i)e provided, which 
was done. At present there is ,i debt of $800.00, which will 
be due in F'ebruary or March, with annual interest at 8 per 



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cent, for two vears, less a pa_vment of perhaps $40.00; 
another of $175.00, due later, with annual interest at S per 
cent.; another of $250.00, due still later, with simple interest 
at 8 per eent., making as near as we can estimate it, a total 
indi^btedness of $1,3S7.24. This matter was brought to the 
attention of the eonference of 1892, and the Committee on 
Colleges stated that the debt should be liquidated, and that a 
plan should be formulated for so doing, but no plan was sug- 
gested, nor has been suggested, to your present committee, 
and they have been abl^ " ^ ' none. 

We can but a^ ^ ..urtunate that the 

trustees shorld ha V jci authority from the conference 

to mortgage the propei lv, with no de.ini;e plan of even pay- 
ing the interest until the mortgage bjca ne due, or that the 
conf.^rence should have granted this auth )rity without either 
requiring the trustees to be in possession of a plan, or to 
have formulated one itself We co.isider the demand of Prof. 
Holmes that this conference take some definite action, reason- 
able and incumbent. 

The obligation of $250.00 and interest must be met at 
maturity. The interest on the rem.under will also be demand- 
ed, making the amount required to retain the property about 
$i00.00, which must be raised during the first six months of 
the ensuing conference year. This will leave an indebtedness 
of $975.00, the interest on which must be paid, and the prin- 
cipal must also be paid at some time. We feel loath to rec- 
ommend that the conference levy an assessment to raise either 
the entire amount, or the amount necessary to carry the 
larger part of the indebtedness, for the following reasons: 

First. We consider it impossible to raise the entire 
amount. 

Second. We regard it as almost as inijjossible to raise the 
smaller amount, and even if this could be done, it would afford 
only temporary relief. 

Third. The present status of the institution, other than 
the financial, is very low. Your committee of last 3-ear re- 
ported the attendance the previous session eight3'-five, of the 
then current session about fifty per cent, better. From Bro. 
Powell we learn that the enrollment is now about fortv, the 
average attendance about twenty-eight. Of those in attend- 
ance, seven are "irregular" boarders, and none are candidates 
for the ministry. In view of this condition of affairs, we 
think the conference w^ould not be justified in levying an as- 
sessment upon the various fields ot labor in order to raise 
funds, without some assurance that the school would be more 
than "nominal," were the building freed from debt; and this 
cannot be accomplished by the simple Da3'ing of the debt. 
We are frank to confess that we have no hope of securing a 
patronage for Yadkin College, or making it a success. We 



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therefore recom mend that the trustees be directed to dispose 
of the property to the best advantage possible, as soon as 
praeticable, pav the debt, and place the surplus at the dispo- 
sal of the conference for appropriation toward the cause oi 
education as it may deem best; giving them the oy/tion oi 
providing for the present carrying of the debt until the present 
stringency is somewhat relieved, and the property can be dis- 
posed of to better advantage. In the e\v,t that the property- 
cannot be sold, we would -c^ - '^'^ '- t it be transferred 

to anvbodv, or individuals, \, . v. me the deljt. 

.. MICHAUX, 
VV. F. ASIIBUKN, 
J. D. WILLIAMS, 
J. NORMAN WILLS. 

Committee- 
Rev. R. D. Carroll, of the Baptist church of La Grange, 
was introduced to the Conference. 

Bro. Dixon, delegate from La Grange circuit, was excused 
from Conference. 

The following resolution was passed: 

Resolved, That the word "male" be stricken from our 
election law. W. A. BUNCH, 

C. L. WHITAKER. 

The re]3ort of Committee on Finance was taken from the 
table and recommitted. 

Conference dcciaed to hold a night session at 7 o'clock. 

The following report was adopted: 

Your Committee to whom was referred the cases of insub- 
ordinate action on the part of the Quarterl3^ Conferences of 
Guilford and Forsyth Circuits in refusing to accept the An- 
nual Conference assessment for President's Scdarj-, beg leave 
to make the following report: 

From the best information we can obtain, the refusal was 
not actuated by a spirit of rebellion against the Annual Con- 
ference, but by lack of conhdence in the lilierality and ability 
of the membership. Your Committee would further sa3^ that 
perhaps the assessment on the Forsyth Circuit is a little more 
than its proportion. We would recommend that in the future 
these fields accept the assessment and make a faithful etibrt to 

pay it. J. F. Mcculloch, 

W. F. KENNETT, 
I. H. BOWMAN. 

Rev. J. F. A-IcCulloch was requested to present some prop- 
osition concerning the estalilishment of an educational insti- 
tution at the opening of the night session. 



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The Secretary was required to have a complete roll of the 
preachers of the Conference b\^ seven o'clock to-night, when 
it should be called, and all members expected to answer. 

Conference adjourned with benediction by Bro. J. S. Dunn. 



NIGHT SESSION. 

The Conference called to oider by the President in the 
chair. 

Rev. J. F Cowan, editor of "Our Young People,'' was in- 
troduced to the Conference. 

Rev. J. F, McCulloch was heard on Colleges. 

Following resolution passed: 

Resolved, That this Conference appoint T. J. Ogburn, W. 
A. Bunch, S. R. Harris, J. S. Hunter and G. C. Hine, a com- 
mittee to receive propositions in view of establishing an in- 
stitution of learnmg of high grade; and to act for the Con''ef- 
ence; and to report plans, etc., on Mondav of this Conference; 
if lhe3^ see proper. 

It was decided to leave off circuit, station, or mission 
from the names of the different fields, except where there is a 
station and circuit of the same name. 

Rev. J. L. Michaux was appointed Recording Secretary of 
the Conference. 

Adjourned with benediction bA' Bro. Ogburn. 



FIFTH DAY— November 27th. 

Conference called to order by the President. Religeous 
services conducted b3'J. G. W. Holloway. The minutes of 
previous day's work were read and adopted. 

The following resolution was adopted by a standing vote: 

Resolved "That this Conference do hereb}- tender to the 
citizens of LaGrange, our heart-felt thanks for their kind hos- 
pitable entertainment of the members of our body, and that 
we will pray Heaven's blessing upon them." 

A. W. LINEBERRY. 
J. L. MICHAUX. 

Report of Committee on Temperance adopted. 

Your Committee on Temperance beg leave to report as 
follows: We recognize with regret the evils of intemperance; 
especially the use of ardent spirits as a beverage. It is not 



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onlv evil in itself, but brings other evils in its train. About 
nine tenths of the crii'Tes of the age are traceaiil.-; either di- 
recth' or indirectly, to the liquor traffic. It is the great barri- 
er to'the progress of the Gospel, both at home and alsroad; is 
the antagonist of the peace and prosperity of oar nationality; 
the disturber of the quiet of the Sabbath, the peace ot the 
church, and the tranquility of the family circle. 

Therefore, be it resolved by the North Carolina Confer- 
ence of the M. P. Church; 

1. That we will not support, or do anything that has a 
tendency to encourage this iniquituous traffic. 

2. That we will do all that we can conscientiously to 
suppress and abolish the manufacture and sale of ardent 
spirits, except for medicinal, mechanical and scientific parpos- 

J. E. HARTSEL. 
[. H. BOWMAN. 
R. L. COX. 

Your Committee on Correspondence have carefully read 
all letters which came into our hands, and they have been re- 
ferred to the appropriate committees. Respectfullv, 

J. N. GARRETT, 
A. E. CARTER. 

J. G. W. Holloway and W. C. Lewis were voted into the 
Conference. 

The report of the Committee on Sunda}- Schools was 
adopted as follows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Upon examination of the statistics of the Conference, we 
find the Sunday School enrollment to be only a little over 
fift3' per cent, of the church membership; we think the num- 
ber should be equal or greater than the church membership 
In order to have greater success in this important work, we 
respectfulh^ suggest that our young preachers make the Sun- 
day' School, its object, relation to the church, organization 
and management a special stud3'. Your committee would 
emphasize the importance to us as a denomination of using 
our OWN literature. We also recommend that our Sunday 
Schools observe Children's Dav each vear. 

f. F. Mcculloch, 

E. A. PLYLER, 
JOHN A. POWELL. 
The following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That to the various railroad companies for re- 
duced rates over their roads, we return our grateful appre 
elation. J. S. DUNN, 

A. W. SURR.ATT, 



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J. Norman Wills, delegate from Greensboro, was excused 
from further attendance. 

S. R. Harris, delegate from Henderson, was excused from 
further attendance and Dr. Fletcher Harris authorized to rep- 
resent him by proxy, on Committee on Colleges. 

Rev. J. F. Cowan was invited to m dee a I'ew rem irks to 
the Conference. 

The following resolution v^'as adopted: 

Whereas, The N. C. Annual Conference of 1892 (li 1 enict 
certain resolution.s favorable to the establishment of a Con- 
ference newspaper, through a joint stock company, and 

Whereas, for several substantial reasons, grovv'ing out of 
the stringenc3' of the times, the formation of the afjresfiid 
joint stock company has not been completed, therefore 

Resolved, That the Conference reaffirm and continue the 
said resolution for the year ensuing. J. L. MICHAUX, 

A. W. LINEBERRY. 

Ex president Bunch read his financial report, which was 
referred to the Conference Steward. 

Resolved, That pastors be held accountable for looking 
after the pa3fment of the President's salary. 

Conference adjourned. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

President in the chair. 

Consideration of the report on superanuates was deferred 
until the chairman of the committee be present. 

Report of Committee on Missions was read, Bro. Coul- 
burn spoke on the paper and requested the appointment of a 
committee of three before whom he might vindicate the 
Board of Foreign Missions. The following were appointed: 
W. C. Hammer, W. E. Swain and J. L. Ogburn. 

J. L. Ogburn resigned his position on the committee, and 
Dr. Harris was appointed in his stead. 

By vote. Dr. Harris was made a member of this confer- 
ence, instead of S. R. Harris. 

The report of Committee on Missions was adopted, which 
is as follows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Missions would report as follows: 



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We are plaesed to have with us Rev. T. E. Coulbourn, of 
Lj'nchburg Va., Corresponding Secretar\' of the Board of 
Foreign Missions, and we recommend that he haveample time 
to present to us the interests he so well represents. 

We rejoice to hear of the work of our Home Mission 
Board in the different parts of the Unite<l States. 

We are glad to know that our Local Alissiorary work in 
this State is prospering. We should put forth more earnest 
efforts to enlarge our borders. There are man3' places in 
North Carolina which we ought to enter and set up the ban- 
ner of Mutual Rights. 

We recommend that each charge in the district be assess- 
ed in accordance with the report of the Finance Committee. 

We also recommend that each pastor preach one or more 
sermons at each appointment during the year upon the sub- 
ject of Missions. 

We also recommend the envelope plan where practicable, 
and that Children's Day Services be observed in all our Sun- 
day Schools. 

Respec+fullv Submitted, 
D. A, HIGHIFLL, Chairman. 
IKE I. YORK. 

The committee before whom Re^'. T. E. Coulbourn desired 
to appear were excused, that they might hold a meeting. 
Report on Superanuated Fund was adopted as follows: 
Rev. C. F. Harris $30.00 

" R. R. Michaux 30.00 

Miss Mattie Albright 17.50 

Mrs. James Deans, Sr. 12.50 

" A.J. Laughlin 12.40 

J. L. Ogburn was appointed to receive money for the 
Committee on Superanuates and pay over to the claimants. 
The following report from Committee of Reference was 
adopted: 

1. The complaint against Bro. G. E. Hunt was with- 
dra^vn, and we recommend that his character pass. 

2. The committee being satisfied that Bro. J. B. Naugle 
has been unfaithful in his pastoral work, recommend that he 
be dropped from our itenerant ranks. 

3. Complaints were heard against the business integrity 
of Bro. F. A. Sides, but Bro. Sides having promised to pay all 
his debts, we recommend that the passage of his character be 
suspended until the Conference is satisfied that he has done so, 

T. J. OGBURN, 
C. A. CECIL. 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. 

Your Committee on Finance would make the following re- 
port: We have given as much time and consideration to 
the subject as our time and circumstances would permit and 
wc find 

1st. That the salaries of ourpastors areentirely two low, 
for their respectable and comfortable living — indeed it is re- 
markable how some of them manage to 1 ve on the amount 
received. In 18S3, the average salar_y paid to pastors in our 
Conference was $260. In 1892, nine years later, the average 
was $323. an annual increase of about $6; at this rate of im- 
provement it will require more than 29 years for the average 
to reach $500. 

The editor of the Methodist Protest jnt in a recent num- 
ber of that paper commenting on the question of Finance in 
the North Carolina Conference, makes use of the following 
language: ''The salaries of thepastors are too low — too low 
for the comfortable living of the pastors; too low to give dig- 
nity and character to the church; too low to afford an invit- 
ing field to the best young men seeking the ministry; too low 
for the laymen who do not pa}' enough to the church to enlist 
their interest or show their appreciation of the blessings of 
the Gospel." This is the way it appears to a disinterested 
party; and your Committee fully concur in this opinion. But 
how to remedy the evil is a difficult problem. We believe 
however our preachers should in the first place, demand of 
the people whom they serve a better support — and that this 
Conference should give preference in supply mg the work, to 
those fields of labor, which manifest a willingness to giv^ a 
reasonable support to the ministry. We believe furthermore, 
that our pastors should not hesitate to preach the "Gospel of 
benevolence." Many of our people need only to be enlighten- 
ed on this question to cause them to respond liberally to all 
the reasonable demands of the church. Our leading la3'men 
also can do much to remove this hinderance to our work. A 
few intelligent, consecrated men can soon revolutionize a cir- 
cuit or station, if the}' have God on their side. On many fields 
the people are not only robbing the pastor of what is justly 
due him, but they rob God and themselves at the same time, 
for it is written, "The libera! soul shall be made fat," and 
"Honor the Lord with thy substance and the first fruits of all 
increase, so shall thy barns be filled with plenty;" besides, it is 
a sin to rob God, and sin should always be rebuked. Our 
pastors salaries must be increased — everything else demands 
it, and why shold not we? 

As to our general interests it gives us pleasure to be able 
to report a decided improvement all along the line. In 1883 



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our total collections for Home and Foreign Alission,-- amount- 
ed to onlv $328. In 1892, nine years later. f>ur contributions 
to these causes were $1296, an increase of 350 per cent. Ac- 
cording to our custom the general interests are largely in the 
hands of the pastors, and the above indicates faithfulness up- 
on their part, and we can only urge them to continue in well 
doing. We believe however that this Conference should de- 
mand uniformitv upon the part of pastors in presenting these 
interests and raising collections for the same and that a pre- 
mium should be put upon faithfulness and that negligence 
should be censured. We believe also, that much good might 
be accomplished for the cause by the question being opened 
for discussion before this body, and fulh' ventilated. 

We reccoinmend that the President's salary be $1,000, 
apportioned as follows: 

Chatham $15.00|W^adesboro 7.50 

Albemarle 3 2.00 Asheboro 30.00 

La Grange 20.00 Cedar Falls , 30.00 

Koanoke' 35.00 Randlem'n & Asheb'ro 20.00 

Halifax 35.00 Stank-y 20.00 

Henderson 20.00 Monroe 7.50 

Littleton 20.00 Mecklenburg 30.00 

North Granville 30.00 Forsyth " 30.00 

Orange 35.00Ivy.." 20. Oo 

Alamance 40.00 Buncombe 30. Oo 

Mt. Hermon 35.00 Caldwell lO.Oo 

Randolph 15.00 Mocksville 20. Oq 

Liberty 30.00 Cleveland 25.00 

Tabernacle....: , 30.00 Lincoln 25. Oq 

Granville 30.00 Greenville 20. Oq 



Flat Rock 40.00 

Surry 20.00 

Winston 35.00 

High Point 25.00 



Yadkin Mission 10. Oo 

Burlington 15.0o 

Pee Dee 10. Oo 

Winston Station 10. Oo 



Catawba 15.00 Haw River 35. Oo 

Guilford 30.00 Spring Church 10. Oq 

Davidson 30.00|Greensboro St S.Oq 

Tar River 5. 00;Twin-City Mission 2.5o 

And that the assessments f<;r general interests remain the 
same as last year. All of which is respectfully submitted bv 
your committee. W. F. KENNETT, Chm'n, 

W. E. SWAIN, 
A. BRASWELL, Jr. 

Addend.\— We recommend that the assessment plan l>e 
used on all the charges in the collection of pastor's and presi- 
dent's salary. We further recommend that our financial 
blanks, for reports to the Annual Conference be so arranged 
that each church on the charge may be reported separately. 



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Report of Committee on Ordinances adopted': 
COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES. 

The ordinances of Christ are n at only badges, or tokens 
of Christian men's profession, but rather they are certain 
signs of grace and God's will toward us, by which He doth 
work invisibly in lis, and doth not only quicken, but also 
strengthen and confirm our faith in Him. 

There are two Ordinances of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, 
that is to say, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. 

BAPTISM. 

Baptism is not only a sign of profession and mark of difier- 
ence whereb\' christians are distinguished from others that are 
not baptised, but it is also a sign of regeneration, or new birth. 

The commission of the Master is, "Go teach, baptising 
them." We recommend that the ministers examine this Scrip- 
ture ana see how closely the teaching and baptism are con- 
nected. Is not baptism a part of the teaching? We recom-- 
mend our ministers to teach and urge parents to dedicate 
their children to God by the ordinance of Baptism. 

THE lord's supper. 

We are taught in the Scripture, and it is held in our book- 
of discipline, that the supper ot the Lord is not only a sign 
that christians ought to have among themselves, of the love of 
the one to the other, but rather is an ordinance of our re- 
demption bv Christ's death. By this ordinance w^e keep io 
memory Him that loved us, and gave His life a ransom for us. 
He said "This do in remembrance of Me." As a church, we 
hold that the Lord's Supper is a means of grace. Wc there- 
fore recommend that the ministers of this Conference use this 
means of Grace more than the reports to this Conference 
show. We also recommend and urge the lay brethren, especi- 
ally the steward, to make ampleand convenient preparations, 
as the discipline requires, for the ordinances, that the ministry 
he not hindered. 

C. A, PICKENS. 

Conference decided to hold .h. session at 7 o'clock to-night^ 
and that 7:30 o'clock be the hour to hear the report of a spec- 
ial Committee on Colleges. 

W. F. Kennett offered the following paper which was* 
adopted: 

Resolve'd, That this Conference appoint a committee of 
three who shall sit on the merits of the prospective locat 
church paper for North Carolina, and that when they shall 
decide that the said paper meets the demands of the Confer- 



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ence every pastor shall be under obligation;^ to his utmost, to 
extend it-s circulation and make it a success in every way. 

The president appointed as the above committee, D. A 
Highfill, W. A. Bunch and J. Norman Wills. 

The following was read and adopted: 

Wherea?^, The High Point church enterprise has been taken 
under the care of the Bc^ard of Home Missions, and said 
Board is dispensing its aid through VV. A. Bunch, therefore 

Resolved, That W. A. Bunch and the president, T. T, 
Ferree, be and they are hereby appointed a committee to see 
that the work is properly prosecuted and if possible com- 
pleted during this Conference vear. Signed, 

J. N. GARRETT. 

R. L. COX, 

J. L. OGBURN. 

The report of the Committee oti Y. P. S C. E. was 
})resented by J. F Dosier and adopted: 

Your Committee on Y'oung People's Society of Christian 
Endeavor beg leave to report; 

We consider the organization of our young people for de- 
velopment in Christian activity indispensable to the growth 
and progress of our church. We recommend therefore, 

1. That pastors be requii-ed to acquaint ihemselves with 
Christian P^ndeavor methods, and present them to their peo- 
ple and organize societies wherever possible 

2. That the organization be strictly in accordance with 
the requirements of the united societies — i. e., that the pledges 
be insisted upon. 

3. That the pastors kee]j a vigilant oversight over the 
operations of the several societies on their fields. 

4. W'e recommend that "Our Young People" be intro- 
duced into all our societies. 

5. Further, as to progress, we beg leave to report that 
there are eight societies and about two hundred members in 
North Carolina; and the societv at Winston is publishing a 
neat and interesting jiaper devoted to the Christian Endeavor 
work of the Winston church. Signed, 

L. L. ALBRIGHT, 
J. F. DOSIER. 
The following resolution of thanks was adopted: 
Resolved, That our warmest thanks are due to the Com- 
mittee on Entertainment of the Conference, of which Rev. W. 
L. Harris is chairman, for the very complete and pleasant 
arrangements for the comfort and convenience of members 
.'i.nd visitors. Signed, 

A. E. CARTER. 
J. L. MTCHAUX, 



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On motion of W. A Bunch it was resolved that Rev. |. F 
McCulloch be considered a member of this Conference as soon 
as its president shall sign his transfer. 

On motion Conference adjourned to 7 p ni. 

Benediction by W. F. Kennett. 

MONDAY EVENING SESSION.-? O'CLOCK. 

J. S. Dunn moved a reconsideration of the vote adopting 
the Boundary Committee's report. Carried. Then he moved 
that Milledgeville be detached from Stanley Circuit and at- 
tached to the Davidson Circuit. This moti(ni prevailed; and 
after further reconsideration Pine^- Grove w.'s detached from 
the Davidson Circuit and attached to the High Point Circuit. 

Bro. D. A. Highfill moved that the monevs raised for Col- 
leges be handed over to the Treasurer of Yadkin College. An 
amendment was offered that the moneys be held until further 
action, which was carried and then the original motion as 
amended prevailed. 

The order of the day having arrived the Committee on 
Colleges reported as follows: 

REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON COLLEGES. 

Your committee appointed to consider the yn-opositions of 
Messrs. Wharton, R. Douglass, and the South Greensboro 
Improvement Company, tendering lands to be used or sold in 
the establishment of an institution of learning, would recom- 
mend for adoption the following: — 

Resolved, That we highly appreciate the interest in the 
work of Christian education evinced by these gentleman 
through their respective propositions, and that we heartih- 
thank them for directing these propositions to the Methodist 
Protestant Church. 

Resolved, That these propositions are worthy of our ser- 
ious consideration. 

Resolved, That we request an extension of time for our ac- 
ceptance, until we may be able to determine through the com- 
mittee appointed for the ymrpose, what the interest of our 
church requires in the case. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded 
by the secretary to each of the three parties who have so gen- 
erously offered to assist us in the creation of a Methodist 
Protestant College in North Carolina. 

We would furthermore report that we most heartih' en- 
dorse the proposition to establish an institution of high 



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grade to give free tuition to all sons and daughters of our 
own church. We believe there is inspiration in this idea of 
free tuition and that with a view to its realization we should 
all during the coming year devote our thought to the formu- 
lation of plans of work. 

We would also propose that a canvass for subscriptions 
to a building fund be begun at once, provided a plan can be 
suggested that will enlist sufficient co-operation to convince 
the C(.)nference that there is strong probabilitv that the effort 
will result in success. W. A. BUNCH, 

T.J. OGBURN. 

On motion the report was considered seriatim, and the 
1st. 2nd and 3rd items were adopted without discussion. The 
4th item was adopted. The paper was adopted as a whole. 

Committee on Ministerial Education made the followincr 
report: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE OX MINISTERIAL EDUCA- 
TION. 

Your committee ap])ointed to look after the status of af- 
fairs relative to ministerial education beg leave to make the 
following report: 

1. We find that there are eight young men that have re- 
ceived aid from the Conference. 

2. Five of them have been in the regular work this vear. 

3. Revs. J. S. Williams and W. F. Ashburn adhered strict- 
ly to the requirements of the Conference. 

4. The following is the account vvith each one having re- 
ceived aid: 

(1) w. E. swain: dr. ck 

1882. Dec. 6. To one note, $30.60 

1883, Feb. 24. " one note, 15.00 
1883, May 14. " one note, 6.30 
1883, Dec. 15. " one note, 25.00 



1893. Nov. 


27. 


Total, 


$76.90 


(2) 




C. L. WHITAKER: 


DR. 


1885, Feb. 


19. 


To one note. 


$50.00 


1885, Aug. 


18. 


" one note. 


45.00 


1886, Nov. 


26. 


" one note, 


32.11 


1893, Nov. 


27. 


By Cash, 





$45.00 
Amount still due, 82,11 

I)K. CR, 



(3) N. M. modlin: 

1889, Jan. 31. To one note, $50.00 

1889, Sept. 6. " one note, 35.00 

1889, Oct. 29. •• one note, 15.00 



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To one note. 15.00 

1893, Nov. 27. By Cash, $15.00 



" " 


" 


Amonnt still due, 




$100.00 


(4) 




J. S. WILLIAMS: 




DR. 


CR. 


1889, Nov. 


22. 


To one note. 




$75 oo 




189o, Dec. 


16. 


" one note, 




65.00 




1891, Dec. 




" one note. 




55 oo 




1892, Dec. 


18. 


" one note. 




62.50 




1893, Feb. 


13. 


" one note, 




lo.oo 




1893, Nov. 


27. 


By Cash, 






So.oo 


1893, Nov. 


27. 


Amount 


still due, 




$237.5o 


(5) 




w. F. ashbukn: 




D ' 


CK. 


I89o, Mar. 


4-. 


To one note, 




$5o.oo 




189o, Sept. 


17. 


" one note, 




5o.oo 




1891, Jan. 


8. 


" one note. 




5o.oo 




1891, Sept, 


. 12. 


" one note. 




So.oo 




1893, Nov. 


27. 


By Cash, 






$ 35.68 


1893, Nov. 


27. 


Amount 


still due. 




164.32 


(6) 




J. U. WILLIAMS: 




DR. 


CR. 


189o, Sept. 


17. 


To one note. 




$5o.oo 




1891, Jan. 


27. 


" one note. 




45. oo 




1891, Sept. 


12. 


" one note. 




5(). no 




1892, Apr. 


23. 


" one note. 




45. oo 




1893, Nov. 


. 27. 


To 


tal. 


$19o.o() 




{7) 




H. S. B. THOMPSON: 


DK. 


CK. 


1892, Mav 


7. 


To one note. 




$3o.oo 




1892, Dec. 


3. 


" one note. 




35. oo 




1893, Nov. 


27. 


Total, 




$65. oo 




(8) 




W. O. BAVIS: 




DR. 


CR. 


1892, Nov. 


18. 


To one note, 




$35. oo 





1893, Nov. 27. Sum total. $95o.83 

.\mt. of Cash on hand, 172.68 

5. In view of the above facts and the pressing need for more 
money for ministerial education, your committee would most 
respectfulh- urge the Conference to adhere strictly in the future 
to the rules laid down governing the ministerial funds, and 
that no brother's character pass, who fails to comply in the 
future w'ith the above requirements, unless he can give a good 
excuse. Respectfullv submitted, 

W. C. HAMMER. 
J. N. GARRETT, Chairman. 
J. W. GUYER. 
The President was empowered to detach Yancej' from 
Ivv if he thinks best. 



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The minutes of the day's proceedings were read and 
adopted. 

Stationing Committee reported as follows: 

CHARGE. PASTOR. POST OFFICE. 

Alamance. .. D. A. Highfill Liberty, N. C, 

Albemarle Unsupplied. 

Asheboro J. H. Stowe Why Not, " 

Buncombe, J-R- Savage Weaverville, " 

Burlington W. A. Bunch, Burlington, " 

Cedar Falls G. F. Milloway Worthville, " 

Cleveland, J. H. Moton...' Falston, " 

Chatham, W. W. Amick Liberty, " 

Catawba, H. D. Garmon River View, " 

Caldwell P. D. Moore Rutherford, " 

Davidson, C. A. Pickens Lexington, " 

Flat Rock, T. T- Ogburn Summerfield, " 

Forsyth, J. G. W.Holloway Dosier, " 

Greensboro, .J. S. Williams Greensboro, " 

Granville W. L. Harris 

Guilford W. C. Kennett 

Greenville, W. F. Ashburn Pleasant Hill, 

Henderson, T. M. Johnson Henderson, 

Haw River, A. W. Lineberrv Greensboro, 

Halifax W.M.Pike <.' Brinklevville, 

High Point, C. E. M. Raper... Guilford College, 

Ivey, W. C. Lassiter Democrat, 

La Grange, W. E.Swain La Grange, 

Lincoln, E. A. Plyler Toluca, 

Libert}-, J. R. Hutton Climax, 

Littleton, H. S. B.Thompson Littleton, 

Mecklenburg, W. T. Totten Mathews, 

Monroe, J. S. Dunn Milledegevillc, 

Mocksville, J. N. Garrett Yadkin College, 

N. GranTJlie J. F. Dosier ...Dabney, 

Orange. W. F. Kennett Mebane, 

Pee Dee O. P. Routh Mt. Gilead, 

Randlem'n & Asheboro. ..C. .\. Cecil High Point, 

Randolph T. F. McCulloch '.Liberty, 

Roanoke, C. L. Whitakcr Enfield, 

Stanley, L L York Plyler, 

Surry, W. C. Hammer Culler, 

SpringCh'rch W. F. Ashburn Pleasant Hill, 

Tabernacle, J. E. Hartsel ....Greensboro, 

Twin-City, not supplied 

Tar River J. D. Williams Castalia, 

Yadkin, R. R. Hanner Yadkin College, 

Winston vSt L. L. Albright Winston, 

Winston Ct X. M, Modlin Yadkin College, 



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Wadesboro, not supplied 

Mt. Hermon, W. F. McDowell Asheboro, N. C. 

Without appointments bv request, A. K. Scotten, W.C.Lewis. 
In the hands of the President G. E. Hunt, W. P. Martin, J. B. 

Tarlton, J. G. Johnson. 
Supernumerary: G. W. Bowman, on Liberty; S. A. Cecil, on 

Guilford; J. W. Heath, on Tabernacle; H. Lewallen, on 

Asheboro. 
Superannuates: C. F. Harris, R. R. Michaux, J. L. Michaux. 
Professor in Western Maryland College: S. Simpson. 
President of Conference: T. T. Ferree; P. O., Asheboro, N. C. 
Report was adopted as a whole by a standing vote. 
Conference adjourned with prayer by Rev. T. J. Ogburn. 




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Appendix. 



PRESIDENT'S REPORT 

To the North Carolina Annual Conference Methodist Pro- 
testant Churcli: 

Dear Brethren: — The revolution of time has brought 
us again in annual session. We come to retrospect the past 
and to take action for the future, what we have done, we 
have done, no remedy can be offered, no change can take place, 
the past has flown, the present alone is ours and v^e should 
well consider its improvement. In looking over the Confer- 
ence we find that all are not here, that voice which has been 
familiar in the annual sessions for thirty years has been silen- 
ced, and it becom.es my duty, however sad, to report to this 
body, that on the 14th of June last, Bro. J. R. Ball passed 
from labor to reward. In our earthly assemblies we shall 
greet him no more. 

Bros. J. L. Michaux, T. T- Ogburn, J. Allen Holt, and S. V. 
Pickens were appointed to prepare an obituary. 

Greensboro church, which was left insupplied at last Con- 
erence, remained in that condition until the first of June, 
when Bro. J. S. Williams was secured and commissioned as 
pastor thereof. 

Bro J. R. Hutton was assigned to the pastorate of Liber- 
ty Circuit, to fill the unexpired term of Bro. Ball. Bro. T. J. 
Ogburn was released from Henderson Station in June, and 
Bro. T. M. Johnson commissioned as pastor for the remainder 
of the year. A new work was established in Surry county in 
May, and known as Ararat Mission and placed in charge of 
Bro. J. L. Giles. This is a field v^hite unto the harvest. 

Bro. E. A. Wright was granted letters of transfer to the 
Mississippi Conference in September. 

After preliminary negotiations by letter with ex-Sheriff 
Falls of Cleveland county, I went to Fallston the 22nd of Feb- 
ruary and received a deed made to the Trustees of the North 
Carolina Conference M. P. Church, for the Fallston school 
property, consisting of a two acre lot, with two story brick 
building thirty b^- fifty feet. Bro. S. C. Thompson was en- 
gaged as principal, and the school was opened in September. 
This school properly fostered bv the Conference and wisely 
conducted by the Trustees, will prove a very important aux- 
iliary to the church in North Carolina, and especially so in the 
section in which it is located. 

I was unable to take charge of the High Point church en- 
terprise for want of an agent, until June when the service of 
Bro. W. R. Lowdermilk could liave been procured, but owing 
to the financial panic then upon the country, the parties in- 



36 

terestcd thought it entirely tmadvisable to make an effort at 
that time, but I again urge upon you the great importance of 
said enterprise, and the necessit}^ ot action on the part of this 
Conference, which shall enable us to begin operations at that 
point just as soon as the financial condition of the countr3'' 
will justify. 

The matter of having the Trustees of this Conferencs in- 
corporated, which was referred to your executive at last Con- 
ference, was faithfully attended to, and with the co-operation 
of Prof. M.H.Holt of Oak Ridge, it was properly presented to 
the Legislature and enacted into law the 3rd daj-- of March 
last, therefore the Trustees elected at last session is now a 
corporate body. 

There should be sorie plans formulated, perhaps a com- 
mittee elected for the purpose, by which the young men in the 
bounds of the district, who are contemplating the ministry 
can be more properly looked after, and brought under the fos- 
tering care of the church, and some better plans instituted for 
the examination of those young men in advance of their en- 
tering shool, for it would be a most unreasonable waste of 
money for the church to educate a young man for the minis- 
try, who must in the end possess no qualification for the pas- 
torate save that of a book education. 

The ministerial educational fund should be increased, for 
we need men to replenish the drains constantly made upon 
this Conference, and also to meet the growing necessities of 
the work, and yet none should beadmitted until they are pro- 
perly perpared; the fund should be carefully guarded, as the 
management of it in the past is impeding the collections of to- 
day; for I am informed by some of the pastors, that many re- 
fuse to contribute to this fund because the amounts loaned in 
the past have not been faithfully collected; this evil should be 
remedied. 

Ignorance of the Constitution and Discipline is most em- 
phatically inexcusable in those who aspire to leadership in 
the church, but nevertheless such ignorance prevails to a verj' 
serious extent and it would be a wise act on the part of this 
Conference, to place the constitution and discipline, without 
delay, in the course of stud}', and require that a rigid exami- 
nation be instituted thereon. 

The theory and practice of baptism as held by some pas- 
tors in this Conference, is to the mind ot your executive, 
most unreasonable. Some pastors have rebaptised candi- 
dates for church membership, while others have rebaptised 
members to keep them in the church. This, however, is a 
matter which should be referred for final action to the Gener- 
al Conference, yet this conference has the oversight of its pas- 
tors, and should take some action in reference to this practice, 



37 

for it has a strong and, perhaps, a growing tendency to shake 
and unsettle the faith of the church. 

All the fields have been visited during the year except 
Catawba, I failed to reach it because I did not receive the 
plan of appointments in time. From personal observation 
and reports of pastors, this has been a reasonably prosperous 
year, save in finances. 

After having surveyed the district for four consecutive 
years, and having availed myself of every means by which I 
might become acquainted with its necessities, and might as- 
certain that which would tend to greater prosperity, I am, by 
the converging circumstances of the pressure of testimony 
seeking a solution, irresistibly forced to the conclusion that 
competent leadership is the imperative necessity, the one 
thing most needful for the advancement and success of the 
church in North Carolina. 

Piety, education and consecration are important and 
essential elements in the ministerial make up, but a minister 
may possess all these to an eminent degree, and also be an 
acceptable pulpit orator, yet if he is wanti ng in the executive 
ability to organize his people, and throughsaid organization 
prove himself competent to lead those people to higher planes 
of christian knowledge and usefulness, he will, by the law of 
necessity, very greatly discount himself, and w^ill seriously 
embarrass the stationing authority of the conference, who 
will find it exceedingly difficult to furnish said preacher a pas- 
toral home, for in the awards of the conference it is the church 
first, and the man second, which should be considered. 

Organization is imperative in church work, and the work 
cannot be accomplished without it. 

I am unable to inform you of the progress and status of 
the Y. P. S. C. E., but can truly say that it is in its infancy in 
the N. C. District, and I most devoutly hope that the meeting 
of the Conference Union to be held at this session, will proper- 
ly awake in the conference, and through it the whole mem- 
bership, the importance and necessity of making the Young 
People's societies an auxiliary in our church work. 

The church is growing in numbers, but is increasing in 
influence much more rapidly than in numbers. The tendency 
in many sections of the work is to smaller fields of labor, 
with better organization and more thorough and systematic 
work, with greater devotion and liberality, and this is the 
leading and most hopeful sign of prosperity in the district. 

The principles of the church are better known and more 
highly appreciated by the masses, and much more feared by 
the designing. 

Our missions are inadequately supported, and a revolu- 
tion should be effected in some way, there should be better 



38 

pay or less work, for men should not be reqtiired to sacrifice 
their lives to serve an ungrateful, yet enlightened, people, but 
I must confess that I feel incompetent to suggest a remedy, 
for it is, perhaps, more than probable that some of these 
missions will never prosper until they are placed upon their 
own resources, for a parasitical tendenc3- in pastor or people 
should be eliminated at once. 

In reference to boundaries I scarcely know what would be 
best, for my views in some instances are so very far from 
those of the interested membership, however, I would suggest 
that a portion of the work of last conference be reconsidered, 
and that Mt. Hcrmon and Friendship be detached from Belle- 
mont circuit, and they together with Rock Creek and Flint 
Ridge constitute a circuit, and the I'emainder of Alamance 
consisting of Concord, Bethel, Centre and Sapling Ridge con- 
stitute a circuit. This, it seems, would give much better sat- 
isfaction to the old Alamance work; then let Fairview and 
Maple Grove be detached from Burlington and attached to 
Bellemont. 

I think it stricth* advisable to divide Winston circuit, as 
it is by far too large and has the ability for two fields. 

Oak Ridge and Kernersville should be detached from Flat 
Rock circuit, and High Point added to them and made a 
charge. 

There are other fields which are entirely too large, but 
perhaps are not sufficient in strength for division. The Ran- 
dolph work has suffered for years from overgrowth, but there 
are impediments in the wa}' of successful change. 

It might be profitable to detach Mill Grove and Taberna- 
cle from Motiroe circuit, and attach Mill Grove to Stanly cir- 
cuit and Tabernacle to Mecklenburg circuit, this would un- 
doubtedlj' place the work in much better shape if it does not 
create too great a financial drain upon Monroe. 

There are other points to be considered, but 1 will leave 
them for the committee to traverse, and would suggest to the 
comrnittee that the most of the testimony introduced before 
them will be strictly local in its nature and character. 

The finance committee should be considerate and deliber- 
ate in its action, it shonld concentrate its wisdom and power 
to devise some means and plans by which the church mem- 
bers can be induced to contribute more liberally to the sup- 
port of the gospel in all its local ana general interest; for it is 
most unreasonable in this age of Christian enlightenment for 
the church to expect, or for a moment to be willing, for her 
pastors to bear the burden and make the whole sacrifice. 

The church can never become pious until it becomes profit- 
able, for that which is not profitable, is surely devoid of all 
other commendable qualities. 



39 

The quarterly conferences of Forsyth and Guilford cir- 
cuits, refused to honor the assessment made by this conference 
for the executive, and then failed to honor their own assess- 
ment. The liberty which the Methodist Protestant church 
affords and guarantees to all her people is in some instances, 
and especially in Christian giving, wantonly and shamefulh- 
abused. I have made but few reports through the "Methodist 
Protestant during the year, first I have had but little time to 
devote to the "Open Letters," but over and above all other 
reasons, there is such a small circulation of the paper in the 
district, that the class sought by said communication could 
not be reached. 

You would very greatly increase the influence and pres- 
tage of the church, could 3'ou devise some means by which 
the church literature can find a wider circulation among our 
people. The "Methodist Protestant" should have three times 
the number of subscribers in North Carolina which it now 
enjoys. 

The matter of a local or conference organ should be fully 
settled at this session, it should either be established upon a 
solid basis, such as will insure its regular issue at a reason- 
able rate, or the veto should be fully put upon it, for the con- 
stant expectancy of that which does not appear is very dis- 
couraging and distracting to our people, and it impedes the 
progress of the Official Organ of the church, 3'et it leaves 
nothing to take its place. In its present condition, it is like 
the fable, it neither eats the hay nor suffers the ox to eat it. 
It is due the membership in the district, that the conference 
shall be fully pronounced in this matter. 

I do not deem it necessarj' to give a retrospective view of 
all the fields, but leave for the pastor's report to supply the 
information. The work at present in some places has, per- 
haps, lost nothing, but it is not advancing, and should be 
carefully guarded in the stationing work. 

It is sometimes the case that pastors are moved too soon, 
but it frequently occurs that they remain too long, and in- 
stead of constantly, year after year, changing the pastors 
under whose administration the work is at all times wain- 
ing, it would be wiser and far better to locate them. I hold 
that the conference is under no obligation to furnish any man 
work, unless said man is able and competent to cause the 
work to prosper in his hands. It would be a wise step to 
elect a special committee to whom certain cases can be referr- 
ed, and thereby' either save the church from detriment or re- 
lieve the stationing committee from an arbitrary' decision. 
The committee is often censured for having given certain men 
w^ork, when in fact the conference should bear the v^hole cen- 
sure for having placed such men in the hands of the committee. 



40 

There is a false modesty in the conference, for rather than 
hurt a man's feelings, the conference will, through him, hurt 
and almost, if not quite; destroy a whole circuit, and then 
blame the man for failing to do that which an intelligent con- 
ference should have known he did not possess the ability to 
accomplish. 

I again call your attention to the fact that the General 
Conference of May 1892, offered three overtures to the An- 
nual Conferences for adoption or rejection, these were proper- 
ly brought to your attention, but were deferred at our last 
session, and it is more than probable that due respect to 
higher authority would require that action upon those over- 
tures should be no longer postponed. 

While volumes might be written upon the necessities of 
the work in the district, perhaps, the above will suffice lor the 
present, for I do not wash to weary your patience, nor to 
point out too many defects, nor do I wish to chill your ardor 
or to inflame your zeal; but I do rejoice to lay down the great 
responsibility with which you have clothed me for the past 
four years, and to see it transferred to more able and compe- 
tent hands, for it is not the pleasure of serving, nor of being 
served, but it is the prosperit\% the well-being and future 
destiny of Zion in which we should all rejoice. 

Again and finally, I return my hearty' thanks to every 
member of this conference, and through you to the whole 
membership in the district, for your sympathy, confidence and 
co-operation, and devoutly pray the benedictions of heaven 
to rest upon your deliberations and labors from henceforth. 
Most Respectfully, Your Brother in Christ, 

W. A. BUNCH. 



MINUTES OF THE SUPERANNUATED FUND SOCIETY. 

The Society met on the 27th day of Nov. 1893, at La 
Grange. Members present, J.L.Ogburn and W.W.Amick. J. L. 
Ogburn was appointed secretary pro tem. Letters were rec'd 
from W. C. Whitaker, our agent in Halifax Co., J. W. Heath 
and C. F. Harris asking Bro. Amick to represent them b}' 
proxy. W. C. Whitaker reported as follows: "I wish to say 
that I did not succeed in selling or renting our lands in Hali- 
fax county; and that the taxes on the same for the present 
year have not been paid. I herewith tendermy resignation as 
agent for said land, and recommend Edward Wills as a suita- 
ble person to fill the vacancy'." 

The Board accepted the resignation of Bro. Whitaker and 
elected Bro. Wills agent for the real estate above mentioned, 
-with power to rent or sell or dispose of in any way that he 



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ma}' judg^ to be for the best interest of the ehureh, and to re- 
port at the next nieetincj of the Board, or to tlie chairman at 
any time. Bro. W. O. Donnel, Treas., was authorized to re- 
mit to Edward Wills a sufficient amount to pay the tax on 
said land. There was no report from the Treasurer. 

J. L. OGBURN, Sec'y. 

Minutes of a meeting of the N. C. Conference Church Ex- 
tension Board, Nov. 25th, 1893. Members present : 

W. A. Bunch, Ch'mn, \V. W. Amick, Sec'_v, C. A. Pickens, 
T. J. Ogburn and J. H. Pegram. 

tri:.\suker's keport. 
Amount Cash in hand, $496.57 

Board ordered to pav claimants as follows : 

O. P. Routh, Pee' Dee Mission, $ 51.00 

R. R. Hanner. Yadkin, 107.54 

W. C. Lewis, Yancev, 109.00 

W. L. Harris, (back pay), 20.00 

W. A. Bunch, (premiums), 17.37 

C. A. Pickens, IBurlington, 62.75 

Burlington Building Com., 40.00 

Cresw'elt " " 25.00 

New London " " 25.00 

Knob Creek, " " 15.00 

To A. L. Hunter, S.OO 

Total to Claimants, etc., 480.72 

Leaving cash in hand, 15.85 

'This Nov 25, 1893. 
Paid T. J. Ogburn, Nov. 27, - 2.00 

Leaving cash on hand, Nov. 27, 13.75 

The Committee on Boundaries beg leave to recommend: 

That Randolph circuit be divided as follows: Bethel, 
Gray's Chapel, Shiloh and Salem constitute Randolph circuit. 
That Hope, Springfield, Zion, Hickory Grove, Piney Grove 
and Siler Cit}^ constitute Chatham circuit. 

That Bellemont circuit be named Mt. Herman circuit. 

That Monroe circuit be divided as follows: Making Rich- 
ardson Creek the line by cutting off New Salem, Peachland, 
Friendship, McFarland and Lilesville to be called Wadesboro 
circuit. That the upper end of Monroe circuit, Mt. Moriah. 
Tabernacle, Mill Grove, New Hope with Monroe town be 
called the Monroe circuit. 

That Winston circuit be supplied with a married pastor 
and an unmarried associate. 

That a mission be set off in Winston and Salem to be call- 
ed tne Twin City Mission. 

That Bradford's and Hilliard's Chapel be taken from the 
Roanoke circuit and Harmony and Bradley's from Halifax 
circuit. These four churches with Nashville to constitute Tar 



42 

River mission, and we recommend it to the care of the board 
of Local Alissions. 

That Ararat mission be attached to Surrv. 

W. C. HAMMER, Ch'mn, 
S. R. HARRIS, 

ADDENDA. 

1. Detach Milledgeville from Davidson and attach to 
Stanly. 

2. Detach Piney from High Point and attach to Davidson. 

3. Attach Yancey to Ivey. 

4. That Pee Dee be considered self-supporting. 
Respectfully submitted, W.C. HAMMER, 

J. L. OGBURN, A. BRASSWELL, Jr., 

A. BRASSWELL,jR J. L. OGBURN. 

NOTICE! 

CANDIDATES FOR ADMISSION INTO THE N. C. CONFERENCE, M. P. 

CHURCH. 

1. For admission into the Class and the Itmeranc;/, can- 
didates must come recommended by a Quarterly Conference 
and pass a satisfactory examination in English Grammer. 
General History, Doctrines of the Bible and the Historv and 
the Politv of the M. P. Church. 

2. COURSE OF STUDY: 

First Year; Binney's Theological Compend., Improved, $ .50 

Broadus on Preparation and Djlivery of Sermons, 1.43 

The Pastor Among His People 1.00 

Bassett's History of the M. P. Church, 1.25 

Written Sermon on "Repentance." 

Second Year; Ralston's Elements of Divinty, $2.6S 

Watson's Institute. 3rd and 4th parts, 2.68 

Blackljurn's Church History, to the Relormation, 1.60 

Hart's Rhetoric, 1.20 

Written sermon on "Justification by Faith." 

Third Year; Watson's Institute, 1st and 2nd parts, 
Blackburn's Church History, concluded, 
Hopkin's Law of Love, etc., $1.27 

Jeroon's Log-ic. .35 

Bulter's Analogy, 1.25 

Written sermon on ".\p0stas3'." 

3. The Sermons must be original every war and contain 
about 2000 words; and in the secretar3''s hands four weeks 
prior to Conference. Candidates may be examined on one or 
more 3'ears at a time as they choose. The secretar3' will or- 
der books on receipt of monev for the same. 
SUM.MERFIELD, N. C. T. J. 03 BURN, Sec'y Ex. Board. 

I wish to say that I did not have all of ray material when the contract 
was made, and we have now gone beyond the forty papes contracted for. I 
leave out the Act of Incorporation becanse I have no money for additional 
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SELL OUR ENTIRE STOCK OF 

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When you come to Winston came in and look at our im- 
mense stock, which was bought for spot cash and 
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WtF^ To all ministers we will allow an extra discount. 

Respectfully, Yours. 

ROSENBACHER & BRO. 



YES SIR ! 

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1894: 

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Ministerial Roll of Conference, 



C. F. HARRIS, 
R. R. MICHAUX, 
J. L. MICHAUX 
G. W. BOWMAN, 
S. A. CECIL, 
J. W. HEATH, 
H. LEvVALLE:v, 
S. SIMPSON, 
T. J. OCBURN, 
T. T. FERREE, 
G. E, HUNT, 
W. P. MARTIN, 

D. A. HIGHFILL. 
J. N. GARRETT, 
W. C. KEXNETT, 
J. S. DUNN, 

C. A. PICKENS, 
P. D. MOORE, 
H. D. GARMON, 
W. W. AMICK, 
A. W. LINEBERRV. 

E. A. PLYLER, 
W. E. SWAIN, 

T. F. McCULLOCH, 
I. I. YORK, 
W. C. HAMMER, 
R, R. HANNER, 

J. G. W. HO 



W. A. BUNCH, 
J. H. MOTOX, 
W. L. HARRIS, 
J. F. DOSIER, 
W. F. KENNETT, 
C. A. CECIL, 
C. L. WHITAKER, 
J. E. HARTSELL, 

w. F. McDowell, 

J. H. STONE, 

L. L. ALBRIGHT, 

W, M. PIKE, 

"W. F. ASH BURN, 

T. M. JOHNSON, 

N. M. MODLLX, 

J. F. AIcCULLOCH, 

J. D. WILLIAMS. 

H. S. B. THOMPSON, 

W. C. LASSITER, 

G. F. MILLOWAY\ 

W. T. TOTTEN. 

J. S. WILLIAMS, 

F. A. SIDES, 

O. P. ROUTH, 

J. R. HUTTOX, 

C. E. M. RAPER, 

D. A. FISHEL, 
LLOWAY, 



First Day. 



NOVEMBER 21st, 1894. 

The sixt3'-ninth session of the North Corolina Annual Con- 
ference of the Methodist Protestant Church convened in Ashe- 
boro, Randolph count}-, N. C, November 21st, 1894-. 

The Conference was called to order by Rev. T. T. Ferree, 
president, who opened it b_v reading St. John xvii, singing 
406 in Tribute of Praise and pra^-er, singing 631, and pra3'er 
by Rev. J. S. Williams, singing 88, and prayer by Rev. C. F. 
Harris. 

The Conference roll was called. 

The President appointed as committee on Credentials Rev„ 
W. L. Harris and Bro. W. A. Lindsay. 

The Ijar of conference ^vas fixed to include four seats in the 
centre and eight in the west side of the church. 

A motion to postpone the reading of the President's report 
until the second da}^ of the session was made. The motion 
was lost, and the President read his report, which is as 
follows : 

To the North Carolina Annual Conference Methodist 
Protestant Church : 

Dear Brethren : — Another 3-ear has passed and wc are in 
Annual Session. We come to deplore the mistakes of the past 
and ask for divine guidance for the futvire. The hand of God 
has guided us through the trials and conflicts of the 3'ear; and 
as pastors and brethren of the same household of faith, we 
come to-day to rejoice over the success which has so signally 
attended our labors during the year. God has been merciful 
to us, and so far as I know, death has not invaded our itin- 
erant ranks. Our workmen are all at their posts, and 
awaiting orders to enter upon the responsibilities, trials and 
conflicts of another year; and if, for no other reason, we 
should join our voices in singing "Praise God from Whpm all 
Blessings P'low." 

Immediately after the adjournment of last Conference, I 
assigned Bro. J. B. Tarlton to the pastoral oversight of 
Wadesboro circuit, and judging from the good degree of suc- 
cess that has attended his eftbrts during the year, he must 



have been faithful in the discharge of both his pastoral and 
ministerial duties. 

Yancey mission was detached from Ive_v circuit, and Rev. 
W. P. Martin was assigned to the pastoral carej thereof, and 
considering the unfavorable circumstances under which Bro. 
Martin has labored, it is due him to say he has done the best 
he could. In the earh' part of the year Dr. J. G. Johnson 
called for a letter, his request was granted. Rev. J. R. Sav- 
age was released irom the pastoral care of Buncombe circuit 
the first of May, and was also granted a letter of his stand- 
ing in the Conference. 

Rev. H. L. Powell was assigned to the pastorate of Albe- 
marle circuit immediately alter the adjournment of last Con- 
ference, and he at once entered upon his duties with that zeal 
and determination which should always characterize the true 
minister of the gospel. The work under the pastoral care of 
Bro. Powell has made considerable advance, and if the work 
is wisely supplied in the future, I see no reason why this field 
should not be one of oui ver}' best circuits. We have some 
of the very best material on this work, and considering the 
isolated relation it sustains, to other fields should, if possible, 
have an ordained minister for its pastor. The Ordinances of 
the Church should be looked after on this field more closelv in 
the future, or our cause will suffer here. 

Rev. J. R. Betts, a local elder of the M. E. Church, South, 
connected himself with our Church, and was subsequently 
assigned to the pastorate of Buncombe circuit in the early 
part of May, and since taking charge ot the work a splendid 
parsonage has gone up in the town of VVeaverville, costing 
at least seven or eight hutidred dollars. The house has some 
seven rooms, and I think as many fire-places. The building 
is nearly complete, and adds much to Buncombe circuit. 
Twin City Mission, for the want of a suitable young man, 
has not been regularly supplied during the year. Bro. Al- 
bright has looked after our interests the best he could consid- 
ering the great amount of work he has had to do in his own 
charge. This mission should, if possible, be supplied at this 
Conference with a live, energetic j^oung man. In the early 
part of the year Rev. J. L. Johnson, a minister of the Friend's 
Church, connected himself with the Methodist Protestant 
Church on Surry circuit, and the Quarterly Conference on said 
circuit received him on the same standing he sustained in the 
church irom whence he came; his true status is rather a pecu- 
liar one, the Friends make some kind of a distinction in their 
Church between a minister and a preacher. I am fully of the 
opinion that this Conference had better decide upon his true 
status, as he is placed in rather embarrassing circumstances. 
Bro. Johnson is a strong man, and while he is not educated, 
he is full of the Holy Ghost, and thoroughly consecrated to 



his life work. Bro. \V. C. Ha'mmer has been working with 
Bro. Johnson during the 3'ear, and through their efforts a 
work of great promise to us has been commenced in the un- 
occupied territory south of the Surry circuit. In last month 
I laid off a mission field to be known as Westfield mission, 
and Rev. J. L. Johnson was assigned to the pastoral over- 
sight thereof. I heartily commend this work to the Board of 
Church Extension. 

1 wish to call attention to our educational interests. The 
school at Fallston is doing well tinder Prof. Thompson. I do 
not know the exact number of pupils in school, but in the 
neighberhood of one hundred. Bro. Thompson deserves the 
patronage of our people, especially in that section. Yadkin 
College — the prosperity of this school has been seriously crip- 
pled. The action of last Conference authorizing the Board of 
Trustees of said institution to dispose of the property and 
satisf^r the claims against the property has not been satisfac- 
tory, and at one time a fearful disruption came near being 
the result in the section in which the college is located, but 
through the wise and deliberate management of some of our 
level headed Ijrethreu the thing was prevented. The Confer- 
ence held at Randleman in 1892 authorized the Board of 
Trustees of Yadkin College to mortgage the property and fin- 
ish the building. An effort was made by the Board of Trus- 
tees to do so, but failed ; then seven brethren, four of whom 
being members of our Church, and the rema^ining three mem- 
bers of the M. E. Church, South, said the}' would borrow the 
monc}'', and take a mortgage on the college for our protec- 
tion, which they did, and the building was completed. 

What they did was done in good faith; th'ey do not want 
the property for the debt, the building can't be utilized for 
any other purpose. The principle and interest will amount 
to about fourteen hundred dollars, and I am almost confident 
that the gentlemen holding the claim against the property 
can and will give liberally toward the liquidation of the debt, 
and thereby bring the amount of indebteduess within easy 
reach of the church, .\gain my brethern, can the church af- 
ford after having laid down six thousand dollars at Yadkin 
College to throw that amount of money away? The church 
is unwilling to do this, I know whereof I speak; would it 
not be a matter of the strictest economy to us to pay the 
debt, and save the property to the church? I trust this mat- 
ter will receive due consideration at our hands, for I am of 
the decided opinion that plans for the future, looking to the 
establishment of a college elsewhere would be seriously crip- 
pled by the present status of things at Yadkin College. 

Permit me to call attention to our church papers. The 
Methodist Protestant edited by Rev. Dr. Fagg, continues to 
improve, and when and where the mission of that paper will 



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end, I am unable to say. I have noticed one undeniable fact 
in my trave's during the year, that wherever the Methodist 
Protestant is used, its readers are refined in their manners 
and feelings; intelligent and enthusiastic along all lines of 
church work, and liberal in their contributions toward all 
charitable and benevolent causes of the church. Our Church 
Record published weekh' in Greensboro b}- Rev.J.F.McCulloch, 
a neat and a very valuable paper, bids fair to succeed most 
nobly. It meets a long felt want in our Conference work, 
and with the warm, earnest co-operation of the pastors of 
this Conference, I bespeak for it a large circulation among 
our people in North Carolina. Our people throughout the 
district want a local church paper, and we will find but little 
trouble in getting our brethren to subscribe for it. Let us 
help the paper and it will help us, and use our best efforts to 
put it into every Methodist Protestant home in North Caro- 
lina, and thereby help the church. 

I wish to emphasize the Mission work of our Conference in 
the North Carolina district. There are many open floors to 
us, calls are coming from various points asking for a more 
thorough acquaintance with our church, and hergovernment. 
Evidently the centers of population are the most inviting 
fields for missionary efforts, and would be attended with 
more satisfactory results than could possibly be expected from 
the rural districts. For the want of l^oth men and monev it 
would be impossible for us to enter all the places where we 
might succeed with proper effort; but I wish to call attention 
to the towns of Plymouth and Asheville, the too great ex- 
tremes of our district. In Plymouth I learn there is already- 
some monev sub^criloed toward building a church. In both 
of the ab(n'e named towns we have some good members, and 
they should be cared for. 

If the Board of Church Extension could have a sufficiency 
of means to build small chapels in such places as Asheville 
and Plymouth to be us?d for prayer services, and Sunday 
School purposes, the result of such missionary efforts would 
soon be highly satisfactory^ to both the board and church in 
the district. We need more money to take up the points of in- 
terest and promise to us, but how to realize the money is a 
great question. What method or plan can be devised by 
which we can put more money into our treasury? I would 
like to request that the Board of Church Extension propose a 
suitable service to be held in the interest of our local mission- 
ary work within our own conference district; and that some 
suitable month be designated tor the service to be held in as 
many of the chtirches as possible, and that the collections 
from said service be used for the purpose of building up our 
cause in North Carolina. While I call specicd attcntifju to 
our local missionary interests, I v.-oidd not have an\' brother 



to slacken his efforts to rai'-e all the mone\-he possibly can for 
all the general interests of the church. 

It afiords me no little degree of pleasure to note the satisfac- 
tory- progress of the Young People's Society- of Christian En- 
deavor; this is a very happy feature of church work, having 
tor one of its leading objects the growth and development of 
the 3'oung people of the church, and will thereby bring them in 
full sympathy with all lines of earnest church work. I in- 
dulge the hope that the conference will grant all time necessa- 
ry for the Endeavor Rally which is to take place during this 
session of conference. 

I wish to speak briefly of the finances of the church. How 
to develope her people, and to make them more responsive to 
the various interests of the church, are questions of vital im- 
portance to us as our growth and development depend upon 
them. To preach on the finances of the church from the pulpit 
seems to be quite helpful to some, while on others the effect 
does not seem to be so happy; I rather think our people could 
be helped more in their homes en giving their means to the 
support of the Gospel in a more private wa^-; let the pastor 
when he makes his pastoral visits make it a point to instruct 
his people on the duty of giving their means to help carrv on 
the Lord's cause in the world. I believe this plan might be 
worked well among our people. 

There a is growing desire over the district to have smaller 
fields and more prcciching, and evidently this is a step in the 
right direction. Many of our circuits are too ponderous and 
unwieldly, and can never be developed in their present condi- 
tion ; and as our experience in dividing fields in the past, has 
been very satisfactory to us, I ^vould recommend the free use 
of the Ecclesiastical knife at this session of conference. Alter 
having studied the necessities of the district, and taking in 
the situation of things, would make the lollowing recom- 
mendations to this session of conference : 

1. That Pensacola church be detached from Yancey mission 
and attached to Ivey circuit, and that Y'ancey mission be 
discontinued. 

2. That Y'adkin mission be converted into a circuit, and 
that the work, if possible, be sui^plied with a live, energetic 
v-oungman. This arrangement, I believe, would insure suc- 
cess and meet with the heart3' approval of our people on the 
work. Y'adkinville has been taken unto the plan of appoint- 
ments, and one 3'oung man has promised to give us one hun- 
dred dollars toward building a Alethodist Protestant church 
in the town. 

3. That the Winston circuit be divided. That Shiloh, 
Friendship, Gravel Hill and Y'adkin College constitute a field 
to be known as the College circuit. That Bethesda, Fairview, 
Mt. Pleasant, Union Grove. Union Ridge and Mt. Carmel 



constitute the Winston circuit. It is due our brethren on 
Winston circuit to state that tliey have divided their circuit 
just fis I recommend. 

4. That Greensville circi^it and Spring Church station con- 
stitute seperate fields, and that each charge be supplied with 
a pastor another year. 

5. Burlington and GiLsonville, I believe, shovild constitute 
the Burlington mission. There is work enough in the two 
towns ior any one ixsan, and for us to succeed as we should, 
these two churches should have more preaching. In my opin- 
ion our work could be better arranged in that part of the 
district if our people could only see the propriety of smaller 
charges, and would contribute to the, support ')i the gospel 
ministry' more liberal^'. Alamance, Mt. Hermon and Bur- 
lington could make three nice fields sufficiently able to take 
charge of a minister, and still have Burlington and Gibson- 
■ville to constitute the Burlington mission. I throw out this 
hint to the committee on boundaries, and will let them take 
the matter in pra3'erful consideration. 

6. That High Point and Lexington constitute a mission 
field. These two towns are near neighbors, and in railroad 
connection with each other, A small society has already 
been organized in Lexington bj' Rev. N. M. Modlin.and as we. 
have some good material in the town, wise and well directed 
efforts should be put forth toward building a hotise of wor- 
ship at no distant da^'. I believe a handsome house of wor- 
ship can be built here the coming year. 

7. That Mitchell's Grove be detached from High Point cir- 
cuit and attached to Guilford circuit, and that the name of 
High Point be changed to Mt. Zion circuit. I believe the peo- 
ple on the circuit would prefer to have the name changed, and 
I only offer Mt. Zion in order to get the matter before the con- 
ference. The people on High Point circuit hav€ been greatly 
blessed during the 3'ear, and it would be proper to say that 
they are enjoymg a high degree of spirituality, and it is to be 
hoped that the3' have been more responsive to the interests 
of the church than any former 3"ear. 

I wish in conclusion to call attention to the work done dur- 
ing the year, and briefly notice our outlook for the ftiture. I 
have visited each field of labor in the district, and preached 
in all the churches except eight or ten. I have held about 
twenty c|uarterly conferences, and preached over 225 times, 
I have had the warm, earnest co-operation of all the pastors 
during the 3'ear, and while I have made it a special point to 
look after their interests, thex-" have not failed to look closeh' 
after mine. I shall alwa^-s recognize the debt of gratitude I 
owe each pastor in the conference for acts of kindness shown 
me during the past year. 

The present condition of our cause, with a few exception ?, 



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has never been better than now. I think I can truthfully say 
that our church has taken on new lite from Albemarle to Bun- 
combe. The pastors of the North Carolina conference have 
never been more alive to the various interests of the church 
and more thoroughly consecrated to their life work than dur- 
ing the past year. The spirit of enterprise can be seen in 
many parts of the district. Some good churches have been 
built during the year. A neat and comfortal^le church edifice 
has been built and dedicated on Mecklenburg circuit. A 
handsome house of worship has been built and ready for ded- 
ication on Ive}^ circuit. New Salem, an appointment on Ran- 
dleman and Asheboro charge has a splendid house about ready 
for dedication. There is quite a number in course of erection 
through the district, while many have undergone extensive 
repairs. Some of our charges have caught the parsonage 
fever, and it is doing them up about right. Buncombe con- 
gratulates herself on having nearly completed one of the best 
parsonages in tlie district. Forsyth has one in course of erec- 
tion, and will be ready for occupancy by the first of next 
year. Cleveland expects to put her preacher in a new parson- 
age by the first of the coming year. The parsonages on Hali- 
fax and Granville circuitshave undergone some repairs during 
the year. It is a source of gratification to the members of 
this conference, and to our people throughout the district, 
that splendid church edifices are being built in the growing 
towns of High Point and Burlington, and when fully com- 
pleted our success in these towns will no longer be a question 
of conjecture, but a fixture. I heartily commend these two 
enterprises to the fostering care of the conference. 

Finally, my brethren, permit me to sav that we are not 
only in sight of the promised land, but we have actually en- 
tered, and are beginning to possess the fruits thereof. Let us 
be armour bearers, and lift high our banner of miitial rights, 
and prove ourselves worthy of the noble church our fathers 
have le't us. May the hand of God guide us in all our delib- 
erations is the earnest praver of 3'our humble and obedient 
servant, ^ T. T. FEREE, M. D. 

The president's character was passed, and his report was 
referred to the committee on president's report. 

The president announced the following conference com- 
mittees: 

Faculty— T. T- Ogburn, W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, T. F. 
McCulloch, W. E. Swain, W. F. Kennett, J. F. Dosier, J. H. 
Stowe. 

Missions— W. C. Hammer Geo. F. Milloway, J. E. Bur- 
roughs, J. F. Kennett, Berv Davidson. 

Colleges— J. F. McCulloch, D. A. Highfill, W. A. Lindsay, 
J. L. Ogburn, J. A. W. Thompson. 



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Boundaries— J. E. Hartsell, W. F. McDowell, R. L. Cox, J. 
H. Harrison, VV. L. Spoon. 

Literature— W. E. Swain, J. R. Belts. Dr. M. P. Fox. 

Finance — W. C. Kennett, W. P. Pickett, Arch Braswell. 

Temperance— W. F. Ashbuni, W. M. Pike, J. H. Pegram, 
H. J. Butler. 

Sunday Schools — T. M. Johnson,J. H. \Ioton, J. F. Bo w- 
ers, Geo. S. Kernodle. 

Pastoral Work — T. J. Ogburn, E. A. Plyler.G. V. Pickens. 

Fraternal Relations — W. A. Lineberrv, N. M. Modlin, 
A. E. Carter. 

Ordinances — W. F. Kennett, W. W. Amick, Jacob Hartsell. 

Correspondence— C. A. Pickens, Joe. S. Dunn, Thompson 
Siler. 

President's Report — W. A. Bunch, J. N. Garrett, W C. 
Gibson. 

Statistics — C. L. Whitaker, Dr. Frank Harris. 

Unfinished Business — T. F. McCuUoch, C. L. Wray. 

Pulpit Service — C. A. Cecil, R. R. Ross, W. C. Hammer, Jr. 

Christian Endeavor— J. S. Williams, J. G. W. Holloway, 
J. Norman Wills. 

Conference Steward— J. F. Dosier. 

The hours of conference sessions were fixed as follows : 
convene at 9 : 30, adjourns at 12 : 30 convene at 2 o'clock, 
and adjourn at pleasure. 

The standing district committee was appointed as follows : 
Revs. W. W. Amick, Jeremiah Hunter, J. L. Michaux and 
Bros. W. O. Donnell, O. R. Cox and John Snotherly. 

It was voted that the next annual conference meet on 
Wednesday before the fourth Sunday in November. 

Rev. Parker Holmes, pastor of the M. E. Church, Asheboro, 
was introduced to the conference. Rc'. J. R. Betts was in- 
troduced to the conference. 

Voted that a committee on ministerial character be appoin- 
ted. Appointed as follows: Revs. J. L. Michaux, W. W. 
Amick, D. A. Highfill, and Bros. J. H. Pegram and Wm. N. 
Brown. 

Revs. T. J. Kendall and W. H. Forde were introduced to 
the conference. 

Revs. J. N. Garrett, W. C. Hammer and Bro. W. A. Lindsay 
were appointed a committee to audit the Ministerial Educa- 
tional fund. 

Voted that no beneficiary be excvtsed from complying with 
the requirements of the board in i-eturning funds, unless ex- 



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cusecl by the conference after making statement of his case. 

The committee on Credentials reported the following dele- 
gates: 

A. G. Boggs, High Point. 

R. L. Cox Forsyth. 

H. J. Butler Greenville. 

W. B. Crews, Spring Church. 

W. L. Spoon Liberty. 

Thompson Siler, Randolph. 

[. F Kennett, Randleman and Asheboro. 

W. A. Lindsay Winston Ct. 

F. S. Harris, Henderson. 

A. E. Carter Littleton. 

M. F. Fox, Tabernacle. 

John W. Doub, Yadkin Mission. 

Wm. R. Smith, ....Asheboro. 

J. H. Pegram Winston Station. 

J. S. Pender Orange. 

Geo. S. Reynolds, Pee Dee. 

W. C. Gibson, Davidson. 

By motion, conference adjourned. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
President in the chair. 

Following resolution adopted b^' a standing vote: 
Wherhas, the citizens of the town of Asheboro have great- 
ly contributed toward the erection and completion of the 
Methodist Protestant church of this place, this annual con- 
ference, by a standing vote, doth unanimously return thanks 
and gratitude for their generous liberalit3^ JOE S. DUNN, 

C. F. HARRIS. 
The president appointed brethren to receive monies as fol- 
lows : 

Foreign Missions — ^J W. Doub. 
Home Missions — O. P. Routh. 
Local Alissions — Joe S. Dunn. 
Colleges— C. E. M. Raper. 
Superannuate Fund — W. A. Lindsay. 
Ministerial Education — W. C. Lassiter. 
Theological Seminary — R. R. Hanner. 
Publishing Minutes — W. F. McDowell. 
By motion the election of officers was postponed until four 
o'clock. 

The president appointed Rev. W. C. Hammer and Bros. W. 
A. Lindsa\' and J. H. Pegrara to investigate the property in 



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Iredell count3'- which belongs to the M. P. Church. 

It was voted that a committee of three be appointed to pre- 
pare a roll of the dead and living of the conference, and to 
report the same as earlj^ as possible. The president appoint- 
ed Revs. D. A. Highfill, J. L. Michaux and J. Norman Wills. 

Bros. Ferree and Dunn delivered messages and requests from 
Bro. W. C. Lewis, who is at tlie point of death. Praj'er was 
offered for him, led bj' Bro. T. J. Ogburn. By motion Rev. T. 
J. Ogburn was instructed to write Bro. Lewis on behalf of 
the conference. 

Rev. F.T.Tagg,D. D., editor of the"AIethodist Protestant," 
was introduced to the conference. 

Conference voted that we begin the examination of minis- 
terial character. 

Committee on Credentials reported the following delegates 
present : 

J. M. Stone, , Mt. Hermon. 

A. J. Luck Cedar Falls. 

J. M. Lindley, Alamance. 

W m . N . B r o w n , Surry. 

A. A. Sain, Lincoln. 

Vance Pickens, Buncombe. 

J. F. Spencer, Catawba. 

R. D. Hix, Cleveland. 

M. V. Barnhill, Tar River. 

J. N. Wills Greensboro. 

George Kernodle, Haw River. 

J. H. Harrison Halifax. 

C. L. Gray, Gu Iford. 

Conference excused Bro. C. L. Whitaker from pa\'ing ten 
per cent of his salary this 3-car on his debt to the board of 
Ministerial Education. 

The hour of election having arrived, the conference proceed- 
ed to elect its officers. Rev. T. T. Ferree was re-elected presi- 
dent. Rev. L. L. Albright, secretary, and Bro. W. L. Spoon, 
assistant secretary. 

The committee on Ordinances submitted the following 
report, which was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES: 

Your committee on Ordinances would make the following 
report : 

We believe the Ordinance of Baptism, while not essential to 
salvation, is of divine institution, and that all adults coming 



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into the church, and not previously baptized, shoukl be re- 
quired to receive this ordinance. As to infant baptism, it has 
bv^en said with some evidence of truth, that this practice is on 
the decrease among Methodists. If this be true, it should be 
remedied, for we believe infant baptism to be of great impor- 
tance, and that it is both a duty and a privilege for parents 
thus to consecrate their children unto God and the church. 
Your committee has been informed that a very able Bible 
student, a leading minister in his church and a man of long 
and varied observation, gave it as his belief, that he could 
select from a number of penitents at an alter, those who had 
been baptized in infancy, on account of their becking more 
earnestly and being more forward in obtaining salvation. 
Whether he was correct in his supposition or not, we believe, 
it to be the duty of all parents to have their children baptized 
in infancy, and if the covenant vow is kept, that the children 
will, at least, generally be led to Christ. "The promise is un- 
to you and 3'our chihlren." To this end we believe it would 
be well for our pastors to present this duty more frequently 
to their congregations and occasionall3', if necessarj-, preach 
directly on this subject 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper we believe to be a very 
great means of grace, when properly observed, and we re- 
gret that so many of our members fail to commune when the 
opportunity^ is offered. We are of the opinion that many are 
deterred b}' a misconception of the meaning of some passages 
of Scripture bearing upon this subject, i. e., those passages 
setting forth the danger of eating and drinking unworthily, 
etc. A little explanation just here, and also on what is im- 
plied in being in love and charity with our neighbors, we 
think, might increase the number of communicants. As to 
the frequencv of its administration, we would recommend 
the Disciplinary requirement when practicable. 

W. F. KENXETT, 
W. W. AMICK. 

Conference adjourned. 

SECOND DAY— November 22nd. 

Conferences was called to order by the president. Bro. C. 
A. Pickens conducted devotional exercises. The minutes of 
the previous day were read and adopted. 

Conference excused Rev. N. AT. Modlin from paying the full 
amount due the Board of Ministerial Education at this Con- 
ference. 

The committee on Credentials reported the following addi- 
tional delegates : 

J. H. Snotherly, Stanley. J. L. Ogburn, Flat Rock. 



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Invitations for the next Annual Conference were received 
from Mt. Hermon on the Mt. Hermon circuit, Grdce church, 
of Greensboro, and Best's Chtipel, on Lincoln circuit. 

By a large majority it was decided to hold the next Confer- 
ence at Grace church, in Greensboro. 

Committee on Pastoral Work suljmitted their report. 

Bro. T. J. Ogburn made a short address on the report, and 
the Conference voted that he prepare the same for publication 
in the "Methodist Protestant" and "Our Church Record." 
The report of the committee on Pastoral Work was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PASTOR.-VL WORK. 

The undersigned committee would respectfully submit the 
following report on pastoral work: 

That is, the preacher's work outside the pulpit, but neces- 
sary to the most successful preaching, and, indeed, itself a 
kind of preaching. Preaching is official ; pastoring is person- 
al. The preacher talks ; the pastor walks. The preacher is 
the prophet ; preaching the voice of the propher. The pastor 
is the living man l^ack of the prophet, the preacher-man. 
Preaching is the voice of G(xl to the people ; pastoring is the 
voice of God AMONG the people. Jesus, as preacher, sat on 
the Mount and taught the people that came to him ; as pas- 
tor, he came down from the Mount to the people ; and, going 
about doing good, he lived tlie truth among them. Truth is 
"spoken in the ear, in the closet ;" the preacher "declares it on 
the house-top ;" the pastor "teaches it from house to house." 
Inspiration i.-s the electric current charging the soul connected 
by prayer with the spintu^d batterv ; ])reaching is lighting 
the public halls, pastoring is shining in the quiet homes. The 
preacher is in touch with Gf)d ; the pastor-preacher is in 
touch with God and men. Ilaj^py is the preacher and happy 
the pastor, but most blessed is the pastor-preacher who is 
faithful in both departments of ministerial work. Unfaith- 
fulness here merits the terrible indictment" of the prophet, 
Ezck. 33. "Woe be to the sheuherds of Israel. The diseased 
have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which 
was sick, neither have ye Ijound up that which was broken, 
neither have ye iirought again that which was driven away, 
neither have soug'wt that which was lost. My sheep wander- 
ed through all the mountains and upon every high hill ; 3'ea, 
my Hock was scattered upon all the face of theearth, and none 
did seek after them. Therefore, I am against the shepherds, 
saith the Lord, and I will require my flock at their hand." 
The preacher tecds the gathered flock ; the pastor seeks the 
lost one and, finding it, brings it home rejoicing. No minis- 
ter's work is complete if this shepherding work be omitted ; 



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and zeal in each department of his work will inspire zeal in 
the other. Pastoral visiting insures contact with the people, 
this inspires a living, loving, tender symi)athy with them 
which greatly aids in preaching to them, and tends to make 
that ])reaching more effective. The preacher preaches best to 
those he persoaally loves, and the loving hearer is the best 
hearer. For these reasons, and others, your committee 
would urge upon our pastors all possible diligence in pastoral 
w^ork. so that "when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, the^'' 
mav receive a crown of Glorv which fadeth not awav." 

T. J. OGBURN, 
E. A. P1.YLER. 

A motion was made that the president be made the Station- 
ing committee. 

The hour of the dav having arrived, Conference adjourned 
to hear the Annual Sermon by Rev. C. L. Whitaker. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
.'The motion regarding the Stationing committee not being 
disposed of, discussion of the same was resumed. It was 
finally decided in the affirmative. 

Bro. B. Davidson was reported as delegatefrom Burlington. 

The committee on President's Report submitted the follow- 
ing : 

Your committee on President's Report would report as 
follows : 

1st. That the reference on page four to the Twin City Mis- 
sion be referred to the Stationing committee. 

2nd. That the part relerring to Rev. J. L. Johnson be refer- 
red to a special committee. 

3rd. That the reference to Westfield mission be referred to 
both the Boundary- committee and the Board of Church Ex- 
tension. 

4th. That the references to our Colleges and Schools be 
referred to the committee on Colleges. 

5th. That the part referring to our papers be referred to 
the committee on Literature. 

6th. That the reference to Mission Work be referred to the 
committee on Missions. 

7th. That the part referring to Christian Endeavor work 
be referred to the committee on Christian Endeavor. 

8th. That the reference to the finances be relerred to the 
committee on Finance. 

9th. That the recommendations on botindaries be referred 
to the committee on Boundaries. 



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10th. We recommend the adoption of all not herein re- 
ferred to. W. A. BUNCH, 

J. N. GARRETT, 
W. C. GIBSON. 

Rev. T. E. Coulbourn was introduced to the Conference. 

Rev. J. D. Williams was released from paying any thing on 
his debt to the Board of Ministerial Education this year. 

Conference b\" vote proceeded to the examination of ministe- 
rial charncter, and the following were passed : 
W. C. Lassiter, T. J.Ogburn, C.A.Pickens, G. P. Milloway, 
C. E. M. Raper, W. M. Pike, J. S. Williams, W. C. Kennett, 
W. T. Totten, W.C. Hammer, W. A. Bunch, E. A. Plyler, 
H. S. B. Thompson, T. M. Johnson, N. M. Modlin. 

R. R. Hanner, C. L. Whitaker, W. F. Kennett, D. A. Hightill, 
J. H. Moton, A. W.Lineberry, J. E. Hartsell, W. L. Hnrris, 
I. H. Stowe, O. P. Routh, J. F. Dosier, W. F. McDowell, 
J. R. Hutton, J.G.W.Hollowav, I. I. York, L. L. Albright, 
VV. W. Amick, T. F. xMcCulloch, W. F. Ashburn. 

I. A. W. Thompson was announced as delegate from Chat- 
ham. 

By motion. Brother W. P. Pickett, of High Point, was asked 
to represent the High Point Church enterprise, as delegate. 

It was announced that Rev. W. C. Lewis had departed this 
life. A motion was carried that a Committee be appointed to 
prepare an obituary. 

Conference voted to hold a memorial service at night, Nov. 
22nd, after the sermon. 

Obituary Committee : J. S. Dunn, J. H. Moton, J, F. Bow- 
ers, E. A. Plyler and W. T. Totten. 

Conference adjourned to meet to-night immediately after the 
sermon by Rev. T.J. Ogburn, Prayer by Brother Hammer. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

The Conference was called to order by the President and 
opened with prayer by Brother J. H. Moton. 

Brother J. S. Dunn read the following obituary on the life of 
Rev. W. C. Lewis : 

Rev. William Columbus Lewis, was born in McDowell coun- 
ty, N. C, luiy 30th, 1864 and died November 20th, 1894, 
aged 30 years, 3 months and 20 days. He was converted at 
Beam's Creek, in Buncombe county, N. C, under the pasto- 
rate of Rev. S. W. Coe. and feeling his call to the ministry h" 
immediately entered college at Weaverville, N. C, where he 
obtained a fair education. Under the pastorate of Rev. W. F, 



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Kennett, he was licensed to preach in 18S7 and preached his 
first sermon at the old Reams Creek church, from 1st John, 
4th chapter, and ])art of tlie 16th verse "God is love." He 
joined the Conference at Alt. Zion in 1889, and was assigned 
to Albemarle circuit, I'rom thence he was assigned to Spring 
church, after this he was sent to Monroe circuit, and thence 
to Yance\- mission. After which on November 20th, 1994, at 
H P. M. he was called to his Heavenly Home, where the Tree 
of Life is Blooming. His last message was, "Tell my breth- 
ren farewell." "For Heaven seems sweeter now to me than 
ever it did before " His ordination to that of Elder took 
place at our last annual Conference held in 1893 at La 
Grange, N. C. JOE S DUNN, 

J. H. MOTON, 
J. P. BOWERS, 
E. A. PLYLER, 
W. T. TOTTON, 
Committee. 
Appropriate and touching remarks were made b}' Bros. J. 
S. Dunn, W. F. Kennett, W. T. Totten, T. T. Ferree, W. C. 
Hammer, W. A. Bunch, J. H. Moton and T. J. Ogburn. 

The choir rendered "The Saint's Home" and Conference ad- 
journed with the benediction by Rev. W. C. Hammer. 

THIRD DAY— November 23rd. 

Conference was called to order promptly at 9 : 30 o'clock 
by the prssident. Bro. L L York conducted devotional exer- 
cises. The minutes of the previous day were read and 
adopted. 

Bro. J. N. Wills was appointed chairman of the committee 
on Literature, instead of Rev. W. E. Swain, absent. 

President appointed as special committee to take in hand 
the case of J. L. Johnson : W. C. Hammer, A. W. Lineberry 
and W. A. Lindsay. 

The special committee on property in Iredell county report- 
ed as follows : 

REPORT ON PROPERTY IN IREDELL COUNTY. 

Your committee to whom was referred certain papers rela- 
tive to certain property on Mocksville circuit in Iredell county 
beg leave to report as "follows : 

After having examined all the papers we are of the opinion, 
from the evidence before us that the legal title to the propert3- 
in Friendship church is properly in the Trustees of the Meth- 
odist Protestani. church ; but owing to complications and 



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personal fcclinos that are better known and appreciated by 
our church in the immediate section : We, tlierefore, recom- 
mend that the whole matter be referred to the Quarterly Con- 
ference of the Mocksville circuit to take such action in the 
premises as they may think best. That the secr-^tary of this 
Conference furnish a copy of this resolution together with all 
papers now in our possession to the pastor assigned to that 
work the ensuing vear. Respectfully Submitted, 

W. C. HAMxMER, 
W. A. LINDSAY, 
J. H. PEGRAM. 

By vote a committee was appointed before whom F. A. 
Sides should aj^pear. Committee : W. C. Kennctt, R. R. Man- 
ner, J. L. Ogburn. 

J. F. Bowers was reported as delegate from Mecklenburg. 

By motion the names of Revs. A. K. Scotten, J. R. Savage 
and J. G. Johnson were stricken from the Conference roll. 

The characters of the following passed : J. N. Garrett, 
C. A. Cecil, J. B. Tarlton, H. L. Powell, W. P. Martin, J. R. 
B_'tts, D. A. Fishell. J. F. McCulloch, J. W. Heath, R. R. 
Michaux, G. \V. Bowman, C. F. Harris, J. L. Michaux, S. 
A. Cecil. 

Conference voted to hear at this time Dr. F. T. Tagg in the 
interest of the "Methodist Protestant." 

It was voted to change the order of the day so as to allow 
the Board of Local Missions to hold their session just after 
the sermon to be preached at eleven o'clock by Rev. T. M. 
Johnson. 

Voted that a night session be held at 7 P. M. 

Conference adjourned till 2 o'clock. 

AFTERXOON SESSION. 
W. T. Tucker was reported as delegate from Wadesboro. 
The committee on Sunday Schools submitted their report, 
which was slightly changed and adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

It has been stated — and the statement acce]3ted as true by 
the evangelical denominations in convention assembled for 
the good of Sunday Schools — that 85 per cent of church 
members and 98 per cent of the ministers came through the 
Sunday School. This statement is a stronger recommenda- 
tion than anything your committee can sav, that ever\- 



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church have a Sunda}- School, if possible, and organize Mis- 
sion Sunda\- Schools where practicable. B\' reference to the 
statistical report of a j'car ago, we find that Buncombe, 
Caldwell, Ivey, North Granville and Pec Dee each have fewer 
Sunday Schools by two than churches. This ought not so to 
be. Your committee commend Burlington, Cedar Falls, Hali- 
fax, Mecklenburg, Randleman and Asheboro, Roanoke, Yad- 
kin and Winston station for having more Sunday- Schools 
than churches. We recommend that all Sunday' Schools train 
in svstematic giving, that the3^ hold Children's Day fciervices, 
that they use our own literature, that where practicable they 
unite with townshi]), county and State Sunday School asso- 
ciations. To teachers we recommend thjit Bibles be used in 
classes in connection with the quarterly, encouraging the pu- 
pils to turn and read references as well as the lesson from 
their Bibles. We advise against union Sunday- Schools, and 
as a compromise the use of non-denominationa lliterature or 
aid literature at all. We suggust that two classes ot Sunday' 
Schools be reported, those running all the year and those 
running only part of the year, using two columns instead of 
one in the Conference statistical report. We reccommend 
"Our A'lorning Guide" as a paj^er to interest and instruct the 
young. Your committee resi:)ectfull_v suggest that the editor 
of our Sunday School literature devote a small space to cate- 
chetical teaching of the doctrine of our own church, and if 
proper, the polity' oi our church. T. M. JOHNSON, 

J. H. MOTOX, 
G. S. KEKNODLE, 
J. F. BOWERS. 

Special committee on the case of J. L. Johnsnn reported. 
The report was slightly amended and adopted as follows : 

Your committee to whom wa^ referred that portion of the 
President's report in regard to J. L. Johnson beg leave to 
report as follows : 

We find that he came before the Quarterly Conference of 
Surry circuit ior admission into the Mcthf)dist Protestant 
Church, with a certificate which certified that he was a minis- 
ter in good stant'ing in the Friend's Church, belonging to 
Westfield Quarterl}' Meeting, and was received by the Quar- 
terly Conference in accordance with the law of Discipline, 
page 64, section 7, which reads as follows : "The Quarterly 
Conference, in conjunction with the pastor, shall have author- 
ity to receive ministers and preachers from other denomina- 
tions on satisfactory- testimonials.'' Your commiteee feel that 
thev cannot go behind his certificate. Therefore we recom- 
mend that he be recognized as a preacher of the Gospel in the 
Methodist Protestant Church. A. W. LINEBERRY, 

W. C. HAMMER, 
W. A. LINDSAY, 



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J. L. Johnson wns voted to orders b}- the Conference. 

F. S. Blair, of the Friend's Church, was introduced to the 
Conference and heard upon the subject of '"Peace and Ar- 
bitration." 

It was voted that a committee be appointed to draft the 
sentiments of the Conference on the subject. 

Revs. W. S. Long and J. W. Wollens, of the Christian 
Church were introduced to the Conference. The hour for 
hearing these brethren was set for Saturday immediately 
after reports were heard. 

Rev. J. L. Michaux was made chairman of the committee 
on Fraternal Relations. 

A communication from the Board of Foreign Missions, ask- 
ing the loan of Rev. T. M.Johnson as a missionary in the 
the Empire of Japan, was received. 

The request was referred to a special committee. 

Eleven o'clock Saturday was selected as the hour to hear 
Brother Conlbourn on Foreign Mission. 

Three o'clock Saturday was selected for hearing the report 
of the committee on Literature. 

President appointed as committee to whom the request of 
the Board of Foreign Missions should be referred : Revs. T. 
J. Ogburn, W. A. Bunch and Brother J. Norman Wills. 

Conference ""'oted that Dr. J. M. Hadley be allowed to rep- 
resent La Grange as delegate in this Conference. 

It was made the order of the day for 2 o'clock to-morrow 
to hear the report of the committee on Colleges. 

B}- vote, the Conference appointed Revs. J. L. Michaux and 
C. A. Pickens to furnish Dr. Drinkhouse information concern- 
ing the Methodist Protestant Church ita North Carolina to 
aid him in writing a Histor3' of the Alethodist Protestant 
Church. 

Conference voted to request Hon. G. S. Bradshaw to fur- 
nish the Methodist Protestant a copy of his address of wel- 
come. 

High Point church enterprise was made the order of the da3' 
for 7 : 30 o'clock to-night. 

Conference adjourned with the benediction b3' Brother 
Hammer. 



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NIGHT SESSION. 

President in the chair. 

Discussion of a motion to pay Bro. J. L. Michaux $100.00 
was resumed. It was bv motion laid on the table. 

A recommendation from the Superannuated Fund Society 
was adopted. The recommendation follows the minutes of 
the Societ}'. (See Appendix.) 

The hour of the da\' having arrived, the High Point church 
enterprise was before the Conference. 

Rev. W. A. Bunch made a financial statement on behalf of 
the church in course of erection. The report showed $1,- 
293.25 subscribed and $783 50 paid. In subscriptions and 
cash, three hundred and fifty dollars and fifteen cents were 
raised for the High Point church. 

Conference adjourned with pra3'er b\' Dr. Tagg. 

FOURTH DAY— November 24th. 

Conference called to order by the President. Devotional 
exercises by Bro. J. F. McCulloch. 

The minutes of the previous da}' were read and adopted. 

Letters were read from Revs. G. E Hunt and G. W. Bow- 
man and referred to ihe committee on Stationing preachers. 

The President appointed as committee on Peace and Arbi 
tration, T. [. Ogburn, J. F. McCulloch and J. N. Wills. 

The s]iecial committee on the case of Rev. F. A. Sides re- 
]jorted as follows : 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORT. 

Your special committee to confer with Bro. F. A. Sides in 
reference to complaints against his business integrit}' at the 
last Annua! Conference, having examined into the difficul- 
ties in the matter as best we could, beg to mjike the following 
report : By the action of the last Annual Conference Brother 
Sides, having promised to pay all his debts, the passage of 
his character was suspended until this Conference. We find 
that he has not paid his debts, and that there are still com- 
]3lainst against him. Therefore we recommend the continued 
suspension of his character until the Conference is satisfied 
that he is doing all he can to meet his financial obligations. 

\V. C. KENNETT, 
L L. OGBURN, 
R. R. HANNFR. 

Rev. J. F. McCulloch asked to present some temperance 



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papers from the Secretary' of the N. C. Temperance Union to 
the Conference. Thej' were referred to the committee on 
Temperance. 

Rev. J. S. Williams read the report of the committee on 
Christian Endeavor. Report was adopted, and is as follows : 

REPORT OF CHRISTIAN ENDEWOR COMMITTEE. 

We believe the Christian Endeavor Society to be adapted to 
all Evangelical denominations and especially to our own. 
The success of Societies where thev have been organized 
proves their necessity where thej^ do not now exist. 

The Endeavor Society takes the place of the class meeting 
where the latter has become extinct, and gives it greater life 
"where it does exist. It distributes the work of prayer meet- 
ings, quickens and wonderfull3^ increases their interest as 
w^ell as their benefits. 

We recognize that the rural charges need different plans of 
work from those of the towns and cities, and that the needs 
of no two communities are alike in ever^^ way. But we are 
sure that the work ot the Society maA' be varied to suit the 
most extreme cojiditions. We urge the importance of discre- 
tion in choosing a leader for each Society. 

We recommend that "Our Young People," the organ of the 
Methodist Protestant Union, be read by every Christian En- 
deavor worker in the district, and that at least one cop3' of 
the "Golden Rule," the general organ of the Christian En- 
deavor in the United States, be in every Society". 

We recommend further that each Society be assessed 50 
cents to defray the expenses of correspondence and literature 
incurred to the officers of our Union during the coming year, 
and that this be remitted to the Treasurer b}' March 1, 1895. 

Further that an opportunit\' be presented to the Societies, 
for each member to pledge two cents a week for Alissionarv 
purposes and that the mone_v thus collected be under the con- 
trol of our Conference Union. 

We note with delight the large increase in the numbers of 
Societies within our borders the past 3^ear, and we feel that 
the success of the movement with us depends not so much 
upon a larger number of societies, as upon the spirtual and 
practical developement of those already' organized. 

In view of the fact that the pastors have the care of nurtur- 
ing the interests of the Church, we urge that they acquaint 
themselves thorough- with Christian Endeavor aims and 
methods, that they ma\- effectively direct the efforts of their 
societies along the lines of intelligent and aggressive activity. 
We appreciate the encouraging reference to the Christian En- 
deavor work in the President's report, and we recommend 



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that this Conference give all the time necessary to the Christ- 
ian Endeavor Rally. Rcspectiullv submitted, 

I. S." WILLIAMS 
J. NORMAN WILLS, 
J. G. W. HOLLOWAY. 
The report of the committee on Temperance was submitted 
and recommitted. 

The President appointed as committee to receive and dis- 
burse the money collected for Superanuatcs : T. F. McCul- 
loch, I, L York and W. A. Lindsay. 

The committee on Missions reported and the report was 
adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

Your committee en Missions would submit their report on 
this the greatest subject of this or any other age. Jesus 
Christ was truly a missionary, and those who are baptized 
with His Spirit jiartake of the nature and spirit of "Go ye 
into all the world and preach the Gospel to ever\' creature." 
In order to carr^^ out this command of the Lord it is the duty 
<jf every member of the church to go somewhere to carry the 
Good ^^ews to the perishing. If we cannot go in person we 
should go in our mone3'. 

It is with gratitude to Almighty God that we note this 
Annual Conference has been blessed more abundanth^ since 
she has become more missionary. As we trv to bless others 
(j(k1 blesses us. This is according to Devine promise, "Honor 
the Lord with thy substance and with the first fruits of all 
thy increase ; so shall thy barns be filled with plenty and thy 
presses shall I^urst ont with new \yine." Let our zeal be so 
intensified that we compreherd the meaning of, "Laying up 
in store for themselves a good foundatifin against the time to 
come that they may lay hold on eternal life." 

We would call attention to our three distinct fields of Mis- 
sion y\'ork : 

As to Foreign work, we have a Mission Annual Conference 
in Japan, our own Rev, A. R. Morgan being its ])resident. 
This should draw us nearer to them and arouse us to a united 
effort to do all we can to bring that progressive people to the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

We are pleased to have with us Rev. T. E. Coulbourn, sec- 
retary of the Board of Foreign Missions. We bespeak for 
him hearty co-operation and hope his visit ma^^ stir us up to 
our dut3-. We would insist upon all ol' our pastors hcdding 
Children's Da\' in all of their churches. 

Home Mission is a matter in which we feel a deep interest. 
We rejoice to know that the efforts of Secretary- Stout are 
licing crowned with success in establishing churches in some 



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most important places. We recommend that all pastors 
strive to increase the amount of collection for this cause. 

Local Missions demand our attention as never before. 
Never were there such opportunities to unfurl the banner of 
Mutiial Rights as now. In \ iew of the great demand for a 
much larger aprropriation for this work, we recommend the 
adoption of that part of the President's report recommend- 
ing a suitable service to be observed in the interests of our 
Local Work. We would suggest that it be held in the month 
ot August. 

We recommend that each p;ist(jr preach one or more ser- 
mons on the subject of Missions and that he pra3' for and 
talk to his people about missions. Respectful! v submitted, 

W. C. HAMMER, 
G. F. MILLOWAY. 

The committee on Boundaries made a report which was 
laid upon the table. The President announced it to be the 
hour of the day to hear fraternah messengers from the Christ- 
ian Church of North Carolina and Virginia. Remarks were 
made b^- Revs. Long and Wollcns of the Christian Church, 
and responded to by Rev. T. J. Ogburn on behalf of the Con- 
ference. It was voted that we appoint two fraternal messen- 
gers to the next session of the Christian church. 

Rev. J. L. Michaiix, chairman of the committee on Frater- 
nal Relations, submitted a report, which was laid on the 
table for the present, owing to the fact that the hour for Bro. 
Coulbourn's address had arrived, 

Bro. T. E. Coulbourn made a warm appeal in behalf of 
Missions. 

The committee to whom the request of the Board of For- 
eign Missions was referred reported, and the report after 
prayer and discussion was deferred. 

Conference adjourned. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The hour of the day was announced to be the hearing of the 
report of the committee on Colleges. 

The hour of the day was waived until immediately after 
the report of the committee on Literature. 

The Secretary was made publishing committee. 

The report of the committee on Boundaries was recom- 
mitted- 



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The character of Rev. W. E. Swain was passed. 

The report of the committee on the request of the Board of 
Foreign Missions was taken from the taljle and passed, and 
is as follows : 

Your committee to which has been referred the application 
of the Board of Missions that Bro. T. M. Johnson be loaned 
them for services in Japan would report ; That we fully ap- 
preciate the importance of the work in that foreign field, and 
think that out best efforts and men should be freely devoted to 
this work, nevertheless, the demands of our work at present 
are so great, the place tilled by Bro. Johnson so important, 
and the claim of the Henderson charge upon his services so 
emphatic that we do not consider that, in justice to our work 
and all concerned, we can recommend that the loan be made. 

T. J. OGBURN, 
W. A. BUNCH, 
J. N. WILLS. 

The Committee on Literature reported. The report was 
adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LITERATURE. 

Your committee on Literature would report : 

Too much attention cannot be given to the circulation of 
our Church papers and of good literature. Upon this de- 
pends to a great extent the enlightenment of our membership, 
their education along lines of Church beneficence and enter- 
prise, and their spiritual and intellectual developement. The 
pastor finds in the Church papers his most effective alh\ 
Truh' has it been said that while the pastor's visits to the 
homes of his people must of necessity be comparatively few 
and irregular, the Church paper visits them weekly, supple- 
menting his pul])it and pastoral efforts, as well as opening up 
new^ fields for Christian thought and activity. 

Church pnpers exist, not for the benefit of editors and pub- 
lishers, but for the good of the Church. When they are pat- 
ronized and read the3- increase the intelligence, lo^'alty. gener- 
osity, and spiritual life of the people. The3' introduce a 
healthful literature into the family, counteracting the desire 
for vicious publications and their degrading effects. 

We recognize the "Methodist Protestant" as the connexion- 
al organ naturally adapted to our State. It stands for the 
cause of temperance reform and the abolition of the liquor 
traffic by constitutional prohibition ; for the mutual rights 
of the ministry and laity, for the development of our church 
lite in all the Conferences, and for the faith of the Church as 
Methodism has taught it from the beginning. It isconducted 
with marked ability, maintaining a high literary standard, 
and being deeply spiritual in tone. The editor has frequently 



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demonstrated his desire to conduct a paper of the character 
tliat shall be most helpful to the people ; and in order that 
this end may be attained he invites and should have the most 
hefirt}' support of our people. 

The "Methodist Recorder" is also a General Conference or- 
gan, representing more especially the interests of the North 
and West. When practicable, we think this should also be in 
the homes of our people, but its claims should be secondary 
to those of the "Methodist Protestant." 

W'e would rejoice to see the day when the Union of the two 
General Conference organs, and the consolidation of our 
publishing interests would be considered feasible, thus concen- 
trating the energies the of tl e Church, and b nging the peo- 
ple of every locality' in touch with the entire field. 

We hail with joy the advent of "Our Church Record," the 
publication of which was recently commenced by Rev. J. F. 
McCulloch at Greensboro. It supplies a long felt want, it 
having been fully demonstrated that a local organ was in- 
dispensable to the proper developement of our Church in this 
State We recommend its formal adoption as the local organ 
of our Church in this State, this Conference assuming no 
financial responsibility in connection therewith, but standing 
pledged to do all in its power to establish and extend its cir- 
lation, and to contribute to its success in everv possible vva}'. 

W'e would not forget "Our Young People," the organ of 
our Christian Endeavor Societies ; our Sunday School litera- 
ture, which should be in ever3' Sunday School of our Church, 
and the various publications of our book concerns, the Dis- 
cipline, Church ivisting, etc., which should have wide circula- 
tion among our people. 

Our Church organs claim : — 

1. Our patronage. We urge that our pastors present the 
interests of our papers from the pulpit, to the individual 
membership, and froin house to house. An earnest, united 
and unceasing effort should be made to establish and main- 
tain such a circulation that the permanence of "Our Church 
Record" will be assured, and its efforts will be unhampered. 
But we insist that the claims of the "Methodist Protestant" 
shall not be ignored, the difference in the character of the 
fields occupied kept in mind, and the necessit}' of having both 
publications kept before the people. 

2. They claim our aid, in supplving news items. We not 
onh" recommead that the pastors be in frequent communica- 
tion, but that they appoint reporters from every charge, to 
report semi-monthh' to the "Record." And that the corres- 
ponding secretaries of the Christian Endeavor Societies report 
frequently to "Our Young People" : and to the General and 
State organs. 

We would suggest a Conference Committee, whose duty it 



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shall be to acquaint themselves with books suitable for Sun- 
dav School Liliraries, and to be prepared to recommend them 
to those desiring such information. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

j". NORMAN WILLS, 
J. R. BETTS, 
M. F. FOX, 
W. E SWAIN. 
Moved and seconded that Monda3', 10 o'clock, be set apart 
to hear Bro. J. F. McCulloch. Carried. 

Bro. R. I^. Pickens was introduced to the Conference. 
Motion prevailed to hear Bro. Pickens respecting Yadkin 
College debt. 
Report on Colleges was read. 

It was voted that Bro. Pickens and Bro. Holmes be given 
all the time they might want to discuss the Yadkm College 
indebtedness. 

Report on Colleges amended and adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COLLEGES. 
We recognize with pleasure the etlucational work done bv 
Western Mar\'land College and Adrian College in the interest 
of our people, and that to be done b}- Kansas City Uni\ersity. 
We feel, however, that these interests are too remote, geo- 
graphically, to command the patronage of the majority of 
our people in North Carolina ; but in view of the co-operative 
union with the Christian church in North Carolina, we recom- 
mend that no action looking to the establishment of an in- 
stitution of college grade Ije taken at present. 

A report from Fallston Institute indicai.es that that school 
is doing good work, and that as a preparatory school it is 
worthy of commendation to our people. We believe that 
the trustees of each of oui educational institutions in North 
Carolina should make annual reports to this Conference. 

We are convinced thjit Prof. Holmes has exhibited com- 
mendable loyalty to our people in his perseverance at Yadkin 
College, in the face of all the discouraging circumstances, and 
we deeply regret the unfortunate situation in which our in- 
stitution at that place now appears to be. 

We are informed that the trustees have not succeeded in dis- 
posing of the property as directed by last Conference. 

We recommend that opportunity be given, for expressions 
before this bodv, from men who have become sureties for the 
debt upon the 'institution. J. F. McCULLOCH, 

W. A. LINDSAY, 
D. A. HIGHFILL, 
J. A. W. THOMPSON, 
J. L. OGBURN. 



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Conference adjoorned to meet after Christian Endeavor 
Rally to-night. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

The President announced iis the order of the day the hear- 
ing of the fraternal messengers from the Christian Church, 
and resolutions on Fraternal Relations 

The report of the committee on Fraternal Relations was 
read and adopted, and is as follows : 
REFORT OP COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL RELATIONS. 

This Annual Conference has been favored with the presence 
of Rev. James W. WoUons and Rev. Dr. Wm. S. Long both of 
the Christian Church, as accredited fraternal messengers to 
this body. One of 3'our committee had a very pleasant and 
brotherly corresponrlence with the brethren named, which 
eventuated in his attendance as a voluntary messenger upon 
the late session of the N. C. Cliristian Conference during its 
sitting at Bethlehem Church, Alamance county. That inform- 
al visit, with the truly kind and generous Christian spirit 
which was called out on the occasion, resulted in the appoint- 
ment of Bros. Wollons and Long as fraternal messengers to 
your bod}'. 

It is with unfeigned pleasure on the part of your committee 
and with devout gratitude to our gracious Lord and Master, 
that we respond to the fraternal message which we have 
heard from the beloved brethren present ; and we trust that 
we do not err in the belief that our divine Lord herel^y in- 
tends to open the wa}' for a still closer relation than has here- 
tofore existed between the Christian denomination and our- 
selves. Indeed, we feel that the tin)e is at hand which calls 
for an honest, earnest effort on our part to consummate a 
union with the Christian body named, and that, could such 
union be effected on terms fair and equal, it wc^uld mark an 
epoch in our histor}' as a church, enlarge our sphere of use- 
fulness, gladden both earth and heaven, and briug praise and 
glory to our God and Redeemer. And this we say, while we 
yet do not underestimate the difficulties which must lie in the 
way of the desired consummation. But where is our faith, if 
it shall stagger at such obstacles as ma\' confront us here ? 
If there were chasms in the way we might span them ; if 
mountains, we might tunnel them : but here there are no 
chasms, nor heights, nor depths, and faith laughs at impossi- 
bilities, and love defies lock-smiths. Grant us leave to present, 
as a part of this report, a paper enacted by the Christian 
Conlerence aforesaid, and on the basis of which our fraternal 
messeno:ers come to greet us : 



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PAPER OX CHURCH UNION, 

Bethlehem, Nov. 21st, 1894. 

Whereas the desire for Christian union is seen and felt by 
the Church of God as never before since the reformation, this 
desire being indicated by the proceedings of various religious 
bodies in their conferences, conventions and other convoca- 
tions, as well as missionaries, both domestic and foreign ; 
and. 

Whereas, the Scriptures teach and enjoin the oneness of 
God's people, and our Divine Lord prayed for the unity of His 
followers and for the perpetuity of the same, and whereas, 
from time to time the subject of union has been considered by 
t le North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference and 
the Methodist Protesiant Conference of North Carolina, 
through commissioners duly appointed by these bodies, and 
in other ways, and whereas, there appears to be at this time 
a renewed and stronger desire for a consummation of a union 
between the bodies atorenientioned ; therefore 

Resolved, That we apjioint live commissioners to meet a 
like number appointed by the Annual Conference of the Meth- 
odist Protestant Church of North Carolina, now in session in 
Asheboro, North Carolina, who shall be charged with the 
dut\' of meeting said commisssioners of the Methodist Prot- 
estant Church, at some place to be agreed upon by the com- 
missioners of the two bodies themselves, and if practicable, 
arranging terms of co-operation or organic union, and report 
their action to their respective bodies — the commissioners of 
this body to the Executive Committee of the same. 

Resolved, That in the event said commissioners should agree 
to form either a co-operative or an organic union, then it 
should be the dutv of the Executi'-e Committee of this Con- 
ference to ]iresent the matter as soon as they can to the local 
churches for ratification. 

Resolved, That we invite the Eastern and the Western 
Christian Conferences of this State to join us in this effort to 
unifv the bodies aforementioned. 

W. S. LONG. 

In pursuance of the above paper, 

1 Resolved, That the sentiments thus expressed challenge 
our acceptance and endorsement and that we heartilj' recipro- 
cate them. , 

2 Resolved, That this Annual Conference accede to the 
proposition, and that the President at his leisure a]:)point five 
commissioners to represent the Conference of the Methodist 
Protestant Church on the question of union, whether organ- 
ic or co-operative. 

3 Resolved, That while these negotiations are pending the 
President of the Conference and the pastors in their regular 



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work should use their best endeavors to pro Tiot2 the end con- 
templated in this report. Respectfully Submitted, 

J. L. MICHAUX, 
A. W. LIN h BERRY. 
N. M. MODLI^^ 
A. E. CARTER, 
, Rev. T. J. Ogburn, of the Board of Examination, made 
their report, which wns adopted : 

REPORT OF EXAMINING BOARD. 

1. Bro. Ashburn was required to study Logic and Butler 
and to prepare a sermon on Apostasy. The board agreed to 
wait on him until next Conference. He has not yet been ex- 
amined on Moral Science. 

2. Bro. Modlin had been required to pass on Logic and But- 
ler and to prepar*^ a sermon on An">sta3y. H.^ passed on 
Logic and had a good serm jn. Will be examined o i Butler 
at next Conference, as also will Bros. Johnson and Williams. 

3. J D. Williams passed a good examination on Ralston, 
Rhetoric and Watson, and is passed to the 3rd year. 

, 4. O. P. Routh passed well on Ralston, Rhetoric and Wat- 
son and submitted a good sermon. 

5. C. E. M. Raper passed on Bassett, Ralston and Watson 
and submitted a good sermcjn. 

6. H. S. B. Thompson passed on Ralston, Rhetoric and 
Watson and presented a carefully prepared sermon. 

7. J. R. Hutton passed on Watson and Butler, studies of the 
3rd vear, but is yet to be examined on Bassett, Rhetoric, 
Logic and Moral Science. He prepared no sermon. 

8. J. R. Walton is upon Binney and Broadus, and is rec- 
ommended to the President's employ, if needed, during this 
A'car. 

9. H. L. Powell has passed on Binney, but is to review 
"The Pastor Amidst his Flock," and Bruadus, and he prepar- 
ed no sermon. In view of his 3-outhful age and mental prom- 
ise we recommend that he enter College and graduate. 

10. W. C. Lassiter passed on Rhetoric, Watson and Butler 
and had a good sermon, but is to review Logic. 

11. W D. Fogleman submitted a good sermon on Repen- 
tance, but declined an examination. He is continued in the 
class of 2nd 3'ear, and is recommended to the President if he 
shall need him. 

] 2. Bro. L. S. Mixon was admitted to the class of the first 

13. Bro. Forde was before us tor an admission into the Con- 
ference, but although pleased with the man gencrall3\ we yet, 
on account of his age and our full Conference, decline to rec- 
ommend him. 



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14. Bro. A. L. Hunter is admitted to the class of the 2nd 
year and recommended to the Stationing authority. 

15. Bro. W. W. Russell, recommended by the Stanley cir- 
cuit, applies for the position of Assistant Pastor or Supernu- 
merary on some field. We recommend him to the favorable 
consideration of the Conference. 

16. Bro. }. R. Betts and J. B. Tarleton, who have served 
faithf"ull3' under the President's appointment the past year, 
are rt commended to him for employment in ease of necessity. 

17. Fr . Robt. Davis, from the Surry circuit, recommended 
for the itinerancy, is received into the class of the 1st 3^ear. 

19. The Board will not hereafter recommend any member 
for ordination until he shall have studied all the books of the 
course, save in the case of Theological Seminary graduates, 
or of other peculiar, justifying circumtances. And it is our 
earnest hope that quite a number of well-prepared men can 
be recommended at our next session. 

Respectfullv Submitted, 

' W. A. BUNCH, 
T. J. OGBURN. 
Revs. C. A. Cecil, A. W. Lineberry and Bro. J. L. Ogburn 
were re-elected trustees of the Conference. 
Conference adjourned. 

FIFTH DAY— November 26. 

Conference called to order by the Presideut. Devotional ex- 
ercises by Rev. W. L. Harris. 

The minutes of the previous day were read and adopted. 

Conference voted to reconsider the report of the committee 
on the case of F. A, Sides. The character of Rev. F. A. Sides 
was passed with caution b3' the President. 

By vote of the Conference it was decided that all societies 
in the district reporting deficit in pastor's srlar\' be published 
in the minutes of the Conference. 

It was announced as the hour of the day for hearing Rev. 
J. F. McCulloch. 

Rev. T. J. Ogburn in the chair. 

The committee on Boundaries re submitted their report. 
The report was considered item by item and the following 
adopted as the report of the committee on Boundaries. 
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BOUNDARIES. 

Your committee on Boundaries beg to make the following 
report : 

1. We advise the division of Orange circuit. That Ridge, 



Hebron and Union Grove remain and constitute Orange cir- 
cuit ; that Salem and Orange Cha]jel together with Concord, 
detached from Alamance circuit, and Saxapahaw form a new 
circnit to be known as the Saxapahaw circuit. 

2. We advise detaching Shiloh, Friendship, Yadkin College 
and Gravel Hill from Winston circuit, creating Yadkin Col- 
lege circuit ; that Mt Pleasant, Bethesda F'air View, Union 
Grove, Union Ridge and Mt. Carmel remain Winston circuit. 

3. We advise that Level Cross be detached from Cedar 
Falls circuit and attached to Randolph circuit; that Bethany 
be detached from Cedar Falls circuit and attached to Randle- 
man ; that Asheboro be detached fro.Ti Ran lleman and Ashe- 
boro circuit and attached to Cedar Falls circuit, and assume 
the name of Asheboro and Cedar Falls circuit. By this ar- 
rangement Asheboro and Cedar Falls circuit shall comprise 
the ff>llowing : Asheboro, Cedar Falls, Giles' Chapel and 
Davis' Chapel ; and Rrndleman circuit the following :, Ran- 
dleman, Salem, Worthville, and Bethany. 

4. We advise that Y'adkin mission be constituted Yadkin 
circuit. 

5. We advise that Gibsonville and Fair View be detached 
from Burlington mission, and Gilisonville mission be created 
therefrom ; that Burlington and Maple Grove constitute B\ir- 
Hngton mission. 

6. That Harmony and Hilliard's Chapel be detachec? from 
Tar River mission and together withSpaights and Whitakers, 
detached from Roanoke, constitute Tar River circuit ; that 
Bradby's and Bradford's be detached from Tar River mission 
and attached to Roanoke circuit. 

7. We advise that Yance\- mission be discontinued and 
Pensacola attached to Ivey circuit. 

8. We advise that the unoccupied territory north of Surrv 
be set off as a mission and known as the Westfield mission. 

9. We advise that High Point and Lexington be set off 
and known as High Point and Lexington mission. 

10. We advise that Asheboro circuit be made Flag Springs 
circuit. 

11. We advise that Walker's Grove be attached to David- 
son circuit. 

12. We advise that High Point circuit be changed to 



(Jwharrie circuit. 



y. E. HARTSELL, 
J. H. HARRISON, 
R. L. COX, 

\v. F. McDowell, 

Wm. L. SPOON, 

Committee. 



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It was voted that tlie Secretary of the Board of Home Mis- 
sions be requested to relinquish the claim of the Board of 
Home Missions against the Asheboro church, as it was the 
understanding of many of the donors that it was to be a gift 
to the Ashboro church, and not to the Board of Home Mis- 
sions. 

The committee to disburse collections for superannuates re- 
ported as follows: 

C. F. Harris $31 59 

R. R. Michaux 34 35 

Miss Mattie Albright 17 50 

Mrs. Jas. Deans, Sr 22 50 

Mrs. A. J. Lofiin > 12 27 

Bro. W. A. Lindsay was instructed to pay the above funds 
to the claimants. 

The Treasurer of the Superannuated Fund was instructed to 
pay to C. F. Harris $16.40, as recommended by the com- 
mittee. 

The President submitted his financial I'eport, which was 
adopted. See Steward's report. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Voted that Bro. M. F. Phillips be recognized as delegate 
from Yadkin College circuit. 

The minutes of the North Carolina Missionar3' Society were 
read and ordered printed in the minutes. (See Appendix.) 

The Committee on Arbitration and Peace reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whereas, This conference has been addressed by Prof. F. S. 
Blair, of the Society of Friends, in the interest of Peace and 
Arbitration, therefore, 

Resolved, That as the disciples of Him who was and is the 
Prince of Peace, we heartilv concur in these anti- warlike sen- 
timents, and will on all suitable occasions bear witness of the 
same. 

T. ]. OGBURN, 
W. A. BUNCH. 
J. N. WILLS, 

Committee. 

It was made the hour of the day to hear Bro. U. S. Fleming 
at 3 o'clock. 

The report of the Finance Committee was submitted. The 
report was ix'committed. 



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J. W. Prank was recora nended to the Examining Commit- 
tee of the Board of Ministerial Education. 

The report of the Committee on Colleges was reconsidered. 

R. T. Pickens, Esq., was permitted to make explanation of 
the Yadkin College indebtedness. 

The following substitution for previous resolution regard- 
ing Yadkin College was adopted and following resolution 
passed: 

Whereas, The sureties for the debts held against Yadkin Col- 
lege make the proposition to this conference that they will re- 
main as such guarantees, if the church will assume the debt, 
therefore, be it 

Resolved, That this annual conference endorse the action of 
the Trustees of Yadkin College in their legitimate efforts to 
complete the college under authority of this conference, grant- 
ed at its session of 1891, and 

Resolved, That this conference, as the representative and 
legislative body of the Methodist Protestant church in North 
Carolina, assumes the mortgage debts now held against that 
institution, and directs the Treasurer of the college to pay 
such money as he maj' have on hand upon these debts so as 
best to protect the property' and do justice to all parties con- 
cerned. 

Resolved, That each pastor be requested to solicit sub- 
scriptions on his work, no subscription to be less than $5.00, 
to liquidate the debt on Yadkin College, and that each also be 
requested at some time that seems favorable to take a collec- 
tion for the above named purpose. W. A. LINDSAY. 

A. W. :.INEBERRY. 
R. R. HANNER. 

The Chair announced the hour of the dfiy to be the hearing 
of U. S. Fleming, publishing agent, of Pittsburg. 

The Board of Examination made the following report: 

Second partial report of the Examining Board. 

1. We reccommend Bro. W. H. Ford to the President for his 
employ, if he shall have need of him. 

2. Since the first partial report was made Bro. Swain has 
examined and passed on Blackburn. 

W. C. LASITER. y. R. HUTTON. O. P. ROUTH. 
J. D. WILLIAMS. H. S. B. THOMPSON. 

Bro. W. A. Davies was made delegate from Saxapahaw and 
Bro. B. M. Cates from Burlington. 

Rev. J. N. Garrett reported for the Auditing Committee of 
the Ministerial Education Fund. The report was adopted as 
follows: 



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AUDITING COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 

1. The following are the accounts of each beneficiary of this 
conference: 



(1) 




REV. \V 


. E. SWAIX, 


DR. 


CR. 


1882. 


Dec. 


6. 


To 


cash. 


$30.60 




1883. 


Feb. 


24. 


" 


" 


15.00 




1883. 


Ma3^ 


14. 


" 


" 


6.30 




1883. 


Dec' 


15. 


" 


" 


25.00 




1894. 


Nov. 


24. 


By 


" 




10.00 


1894-. 


Nov. 


27. 


Amount still clue. 




$66.90 


(2) 




REV. C, 


. L. WHITAKER, 


DR. 


CR. 


1885. 


Feb. 


19. 


To 


cash. 


$50.00 




1885. 


Aug. 


18. 


" 


" 


45.00 




1386. 


Nov. 


26. 


" 


" 


32.11 




1893. 


Nov. 


27. 


By 


" 




45.00 


1894. 


Nov. 


26. 


" 


" 




10.00 


1894. 


Nov. 


26. 


Amount still due, 




$72.11 


(3) 




REV. N. 


M. MODLIX, 


DR. 


CR. 


1889 


Jan. 


31. 


To 


cash, 


$50.00 




1889. 


Sep. 


6. 


" 




35.00 




1889. 


Oct. 


29. 


a 




15.00 
15.00 




1893. 


Nov. 


27. 


By 






15.00 


1894. 


Nov. 


22. 


* ' 






10.00 


1894. 


Nov, 


.26. 


Amount still due, 




$90.00 


(4: 


1 


REV. J. 


s. Williams, 


DR. 


CR. 


1889. 


Nov, 


, 22. 


To 


cash, 


$75.00 




1890. 


Dec. 


16." 


" 




65.00 




1891. 


Dec. 




" 




55.00 




1892. 


Dec. 


18. 


" 




62.00 




1893. 


Feb. 


13. 


" 




10.00 




1893. 


Nov 


.27. 


By 






30.00 


1894. 


Nov 


.24. 


' * 






50.00 


1894. 


Nov 


.26. 


Amount still due, 




$187.50 


(5 


) 


REV. V, 


r. F. ASHBURN, 


DR. 


CR. 


1890, 


Alar 


. 4. 


To 


cash. 


$50 00 




1890, 


Sep. 


17. 


" 




50 00 




1891, 


Jan. 


8. 


" 




50 00 




1891, 


Sep. 


12. 


" 




50 00 




1893, 


Nov 


.27. 


By 






35 68 


1894, 


Nov 


.22. 


* * 






35 00 



1894. Nov. 26. Amount still due, $129 32 



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(6) 



REV. J. D. WILLLIAMS. 



CR. 



1890. vSep. 17. To cash, 

1891, Tan. 27. 

1891. Sep. 12. " " 

1892, Apr. 23. 

1894, Nov. 26. Amount still due, 

(7) REV. H. S. B. THOMPSON, 

1892, May 7. To cash, 

1892, Dec' 3. 

1894, Nov. 22. By " 

1894, Nov. 26. Amount still due, 

(8) REV. \V. O. DAVIS, 

1892, Nov. IS. To cash, 

1893, Dec. " " 

1894, Nov. 26. Amount still due. 



1894, Feb. 
1894, Apn 



REV. J. R. WAI.TOX; 

To cash. 



1894, Mar. 26. Amount still due. 



1894, Sep. 



REV. J. M. SIMPSON, 

To cash. 



1894, Nov. 26. Amount still due, 



$50 00 
45 00 
50 00 
45 00 



$30 00 
35 00 



DR. 

$35 00 
51 00 



$20 00 
25 00 



DR. 

$40 00 



$190 00 

CR. 

25 00 

$40 00 

CR. 

$86 00 

CR. 

$45 00 

CR. 

$40 00 



2. It will be seen bv a careful examination of their accounts 
that Bros. W. F. Ashburn, J. S. Williams and H.S.B. Thomp- 
son, who have been eng^aged in the active work, have adhered 
strictly to their obligations to pa}' back their tithe. 

3. Your committee is satisfied, ior the welfare of the church 
and the good of beneficiaries, that each one should be required 
to give his note, bearing 6 per cent. intere&t. for all the 
amounts due at each annual conference, and that in the future 
before an3'one is excused from paying his 10 per cent, he shall 
state before the conference what he has received during' the 
past year, and that no one's character shall pass unless he 
does comply strictly with the law (See Dis., p 97 and 8, Art. 
V), and all the requirements of this conference bearing on the 
subject. 

We find the following brethren have received aid but have 



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not been enaaged in active work: Revs. W. O. Davis, [. R. 
Walton and J. M. Simpson. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

" J. N. GARRETT, Chairman. 
W. C. HAMMER. 
W. A. LINDSAY. 

Rev. R.R. Manner was instructed to forward mone3' collected 
for Theological Seminary to the proper agent. 

The Committee on Tempei-ance reported. The first part of 
the report was adopted as follows: 

COMMITTEE ON TEMPER.AXCE. 

We, 3^our committee on Temperance, beg leave to report: 

We recognize with regret intemperance as thegreatest enemy 
to the school, the family and church. 

Intemperance drives peace, joy, comfort and hope from thou- 
sands of homes and inflicts upon helpless women and children 
woes worse than death. 

Intemperance not onU' enervates the bodv, darkens the in- 
tellect, destroys the moral sensibilitj^ but annually carries 
thousands of wrecked, wretched and hopeless souls to the 
black depths of eternal perdition. There is but one remedy for 
this great evil. The church must marshal her foi'ces, concen- 
trate her energies and lead in waging relentless war on this 
destroying foe. 

At this da^- we as a church and conference cannot afford to 
occupy an uncertain position on this all important subject. 
Therefore, be it 

Resolved, By the North Carolina Annual Conference of the 
Methodist Protestant Church, 

1st. That we will not willingly tolerate the manufacture 
and sale or use of intoxicating lujuors as a beverage. 

2d. That we will work, pra^' and vote for stateand nation- 
al prohibition of the liquor traffic. 

Signed, W. F- ASHBURN, 

W. M. PIKE. 
H.J. BUTLER. 

Following resolution passed by a standing vote: 

Whereas, we have been entertained most liberally and cor- 
diall3' in our present annual session by the people of Ashboro, 
Resolved, That we carry with us to our homes a deep and 
abiding sense of our pleasant experience, and pra^' God's bles- 
sing upon the homes of Asheboro where we have been enter- 
tained so kindlv. 

W. L. HARRIS, 
L. L. ALBRIGHT. 
J. N. WILLS. 



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Rev. D. A. Highfill resigned as Trustecof the Conference, and 
J. E. Hartsell appointed in his stead. 

Bro. J. L. Ogburn was authorized to pay over money in 
hand for Yadkin College to Rev. C. A. Pickens. 

The old Board of Church Extension was re-elected. 

It was voted that a committee of three be appointed to in- 
vestigate the matter of church propert\' in Asheville, N. C, 
which is to be sold. 

Revs. D. A. Highfill, W. A. Bunch, J.E. Hartsell, and Bros. J. 
L. Ogburn, \Y. A. Lindsav and B. Davidson were elected as 
Committee on Appeals. 

The President appointed as Committee on Asheville Proper- 
t3% R. T. Pickens, S. V. Pickens and the pastor of Buncombe 
circuit. 

Committee on Statistics reported. Conference a?ked for the 
reading of the totals only. Report was adopted. See appen- 
dix. Adjourned, with benediction by Bro. Hanncr, to meet at 
7 o'clock at night. 

NIGHT SESSION. 

The character of Rev. Geo. E. Hunt was passed. 
Resolved, That the Board of Ministerial Education be ask- 
ed to loan Rev. Cary H. Whitaker thirty dollars, 
Adopted. VV. L. HARRIS. 

The Conference ordered that trustees of property in Battle- 
borough belonging to the M. P. Church sell the same. 

The Committee on Finance re-submittcd their report, which 
was amended and adopted us follows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. 

Your Committee on Finance would make the following re- 
port, viz.: 

1. That the salaries of our pastors are so low as not only 
to bring embarrassment, but discomfort. We are glad to 
know that there has been some improvement in this line in the 
last few years; but in view of continued improvement w^e be- 
lieve our pastors should demand of their first quarterly confer- 
ence a promise of a better support. We endorse the individual 
assessment plan, and urge the stewards to be prompt and 
faithful in their collections, that the pastor may l)e paid the 
amount due monthly or quarterlv. 

2. Pastors should not hesitate to preach on the relation of 
our money to the kingdom of God. All belongs to God and 
every dollar should honor Him. We urge that the tluivch 



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members, and especially the sisters, co-operate with the stew- 
ards in this important work. 

3. We recojjnize that the collection for general interest is 
mainly in the hands of the pastors, and we would urge them 
to continue faithful in taking of the same. 

■i. We recommend that the assessment for general interest 
be the same as last year. We further recommend that our 
financial blanks for reports to the conference be so arranged 
as to represent each church on a charge. 

5. We believe much good might be accomplished b}- discuss- 
ing and ventilating this subject freely before the conference 

6. We recommend that the President's salary be $1,000. 
proportioned as follows: 



Chatham ....„.., .,.$15 

Albemarle 12 

LaGrange , 20 

Roanoke 20 

Orantje , , 22 

Halifax 30 

Henderson 25 

Littleton 20 

N, Granville 30 

Saxa])ahaw 20 

Alamance...., 35 

Mt. Hermon 35 

Randolph...,, , 20 

Lil:)erty 20 

Tal^ernacle 35 

Granville 30 

Flat Rock.... 4.0 

Surrv 2o 

Winston Ct 15 

Yadkin College 2o 

I'wharrie 22 

Catawba 15 

Guilford , , 25 

Davidson 8o 

Tar River 2o 

Wadesboro 7 



00 j Flag Springs $3o oo 

00 ! Cedar Falls & Asheboro 22 5o 

00 I Randleman 2o oo 

00 j Stanley 2o oo 

50 ; Monroe 7 5o 

00 j Mecklenburg 25 oo 

00 ! Forsyth " 3o oo 

00 Ivey" 17 5o 

00 I Buncombe..... 3o oo 

00 Caldwell loco 

00 ' Mocksville 2o oo 

00 i Cleveland 25 oo 

00 i Lincoln 25 oo 

00 Greenville 2o oo 

00 Yadkin lo oo 

CO Burlington ., 7 5o 

oo Gibsonville 7 5o 

ooiPeeDee... lo o(f 

oo Winston St , lo oo 

oo ; Haw River 35 oo 

5o Syjring Church lo oo 

oo [ Greensboro , 6 oo 

oo I Tvv'in City 2 5o 

oo 1 High Point & Lexing'a 2 oo 

oo Westfield 2 oo 

5o 



A letter from Secretary Stout, of the Board of Home Mis- 
sions, was read before the conference, and was referred to the 
Committee on Correspondence. 

Voted that any mone^' collected for Yadkin College be paid 
to Bro, J. L. Ogburn. 

The following resolution was adopted. 

Whereas, this conference did at one time set on foot the sub- 



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district feature of our P3'stem and pre'^ervcit for a season or too, 
and 'A'hereas, we believe a fair trial was not given to the svs- 
tem in question, and that the growing demand of the churcli in 
North Carolina for such convocation should, in our opinion, 
be provided for, therefore, 

Resolvecl, That the subdistrict system be revived, and that 
this conference proceed at once to subdistrict the State and to 
enact such definite regulations as may be necessary to effectu- 
ate said design. 

W. F. KENXETT. 
J.L. MICHEAUX. 

President required to appoint a committee on Subdistricting 
the Conference. Rev. \V. A. Bunch and Bros. B.M. Gates and 
W. A. Davies were appointed. 

The Board of Alinisterial Education was authorized to pay 
J. \V. Frank fifty dollars, provided he pass satisfactory- exam- 
ination. 

It was voted that certain mone^- collected for a monument 
to Rev. Alson Gray be used in placing a memorial window for 
him in the High Point church. 

The committee to subdistrict the conference district reported 
as follov^-s: 

First Subdistrict — Albemarle, Roanoke, Tar River, Green- 
ville. Spring Church LaGrange. 

Second District— Halifax, Littleton, Henderson, N. Granville, 
Granville. 

Third District — Orange, Saxapahaw, Alamance, Chatham. 
Mt. Hermon, Burlington, Gibsonville. 

Fourth District— Lilierty, Tabernacle, Greensboro, Flat 
Rock, Haw River, Guilford, Randolph. 

F'ifth District— Randleman, Cedar Falls, Flag Springs, Pec 
Dee, Wadesboro, Monroe. Stanley, Davidson, Uwharrie. 

Sixth District — Winston St., Winston Ct., Yadkin College, 
Forsyth, A'adkin, Surrv, Westfield, Mocksville, Twin City. 

Seventh District — Mecklenburg, Catawba, Lincoln, Cleve- 
land, Caldwell, Buncomlje, Ivev. 

W. A. BUNCH, 
W. A. DAVIES, 
B. M. CATES, 

Committee. 

Report adopted. 

It was voted that the President appoint chairmen of the 
districts. 

A motion prevailed that pastors, superanuatcs, supernu- 
meraries and two delegates from each field, one representing 
the C. E. work, constitute the Subdistrict Coufcivnee. 



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The Stationai^' Coinmittcp siilimided the followiiifx I'cport 
which was unanimously adopted: 

j CHARGE. PASTOR. POST OFFICIi. 

Alamance, W. P\Ashl)urn, Oakdale, N. C. 

Albemarle O. P. Ronth, Skinnersville, 

Ashboro and Cedar Falls, C. A Cecil, Vshboro, " 

B-incomb; — To be supplied 

Biirllu'^toa — W. A. Bunch Burlinton 

Cleveland — f. H. Moton Falston, 

Chatham — \V. \V. .\mick Libertv, 

Catawba^ W. D. Fogleman, Gastonia , " 

Caldvv.^11— P. D. Moore Rutherford. " 

David>(vn— X. \I. Modlin, Bunch, 

Flat Rock, T. |. (J^burn, Surainertield 

Flag Spri:-.],":^,- J. H. Stowe Why Xot, 

Forsyth— j. (i. W. Ilolloway Vienna, " 

Greensboro— J. S. Williams, Greensboro 

Granville— W. L. Harris Kittrell 

Greenville — \V. T. Totten Matthews, 

Gibsonvillc — A. W '^-ine!)erry Greensboro 

GuiUbrd — C. A. Pijkens, Le.Kiiigton, 

Iteadcr-on- T. M. Johnson Henderson, 

High P )int and Lexington — To besupplied " 

Haw River — C. E. M Raper Lego, " 

Halifax— H. L. Powell Bnnkleyville, " 

Ivy — W. C. Lassiter Democrat, " 

La Grange — W. E Swain La Grange, " 

Lincoln — E. A. Plyler Tolnca' 

Liberty — [. R. Hutton Climax 

Littleton — H. S. B. Thompson. ..Littleton, 

Mecklenburg — L L York Matthews, " 

Monroe — .\. S. Hunter 

Mocksville — R. R. Planner Yadkin College " 

North Granville — J. F. Dosier Dabre^-, 

Orange — Wni. M. Pike Mebansville, " 

Pee Dee— J. B. Tarlton 

Randleman — W. F. Kennett-.-Worthville " 

Randoljih- Geo. W. Millowa_v...Millboro, 

Roanoke— C. L. Whitaker Enheld 

Saxapahaw— \V. C. Kennett Greensboro, " 

vStanly— J. R. Betts 

Surr_v — W. C. Hammer Culler, " 

vSpriiig Church— \V. T. Totten Matthews, 

Tabernacle — J. E. Hartsell Greensboro, " 

Tar River — J. D. Williams Whitakers, " 

Twin-City — To be supplied " 

Uwharrie — T F McCulloch.. Greensboro, "' 

Winston Station — L. L. .Vlbright Winston, " 

Winston Circuit— D. A. Hiuiifill.... Libertv, 



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CHARGE. PASTOR. POST OFFICE. 

Wadesboro— H. D. Garmon... N. C. 

Westtield— J L. Jolinson 

Mt. Herman— W. F. McDowell. ..Asehboro 

Yadkin — To he supplied • 

Yadkin College— J. N. Garrett. ..Yadkin College 

Left in the hands of President— W. H. Ford, G. E. Hunt, W, 
P. Martin, J. R. Waltan and F. A. Sides. 

Transferred to unstationed list— H. Lewellen 

Superannuated— J. L. Michaux, R, R, Michanx, C. F. Har- 
ris. 

Professor in Western Maryland College— 3. Simi)son. 

Editor of our "Church Record"'— J. F. McCuUoch. 

Left without an appointment at his request— joe S. Fmnn. 

Minutes read and ado])ted. Conference ad.iourned I)y sing- 
ing "Blest be the Tie that Binds", and prayer by Rev. T. E. 
Covdbourn. 



l./k.» 



MLNUTES OF THE SUPERANxNUATED FUXD SOCIETY. 

' The Superannuated Fund Society of the North Carolina 
Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church rnet at .\she- 
boro M. P. Church, on the 23rd. of Nov. 189-t.. during the sit- 
ting o f the Annual Conference. Members present. Viz: Rev. 
C. F. Harris, Chairman, J, W. Heath, J. L. Ogburn and VV. 
W. Amick. A letter was received from Ed. Wills making W. 
W. Amick his prox3'. Yv'. W. Amick was elected secretary 
pro tem. Report of agent in HnHfax, Ed. Wills, was read 
Jind adopted. Viz: Plantation leased forhve years; as follows; 
1894- Tenant to pav $20,00; 1895 $35,00; 1896 $35,00; '97 
$40,00; 1898, $40",00. The taxes for 1894 are $4,80. This 
amount removed, the balance of this year's rent and $1 ,20 for 
timber sold, $IG.40 received and disposed of by the Board as 
follows. On motion the aliove name 1 amount of money to 
be sent to Treasurer of board Viz: O. W. Donnel, b3' the hand 
of J. L. Ogburn. 

On motion tlie board recommends to .\nnual Conference 
the appropriation of the $1G, 40 to the benefit of Rev. C. F. 
Harris, over and above the amount that may be appropria- 
ted from Annual Collections. Minutes read and adopi-cd. 

C. F. HARRIS, Ch'mn 
W. W. AMICK, Sec'y. protem. 

The Suprannuated Fund Society oftheN. C. Confer- 
ence of M. P. Clnirch recommends to the .\nnual Conference 



43 

the appropriation of sixteen dollars'and forty cents to the 
benefit of Rev. C. F. Harris over and above the amount that 
mav be appropriated from the annual collections. 
W. W. AAIICK, Se'cy. proteni. F. HARRIS, Ch'mn. 

Minutes of a meetinp^ ot t!ie X. C. Conference, Church Ex- 
tension Board Nov. 24tli. ISOk Members present W. A. 
Bunch, Chairman, W. W. ,'\niick. Secretary, T. J. Ogburn and 
J. H. Pcgram. 

Treasurers report: 
Amount Cash in hanrl v$481,29. 

Board ordered paid claimants as follows: 
W. P. Martin, Yancv Mission $100,00 
R. R. Hanner, Yadkin 73.00 

I. D. Williams, Tar River 21.00 

"H. L. Powell Albemarle, 7.00 

\V A. Pvuiieh, Burlington 110.00 

Tf> Liberty Church 75.00 

B.;rlington Churcli 7500 

"New London Church 20.29 

Respectfullv sulnnitted $481-29. $481.29 

W. \\. AMICK, Skc.v. W. a. BUXCH, Cii'mx. 

The N. C. Missionary Society of the M. P. Church met in 
Asheboro N. Con the 23rd. of .N'ov. 1894, and was called to 
order by the President. Bro. T. J. Ogburn in short, pointed 
address, explained the nature and work of the Society and 
urg'd us to be liberal in contributing to this good w^ork. 

After which ($90.00) ninetydollars were raised on life mem- 
bership bv the pavaieat of $10.00 each bv friends and bv pub- 
lic collection. ' W. C. KENNETT, Sec'y. 

COURSE OF STUDY: 
Candidates for Admission into N. C. Conference; M. P. Church, 
i^^irst Year; Binney's Theological Com]:icnd., Improved, $ 50 

Broadus on Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. 1.43 

The Pastor Among His People, 1.00 

Bassett's History of the M. P. Church, 1,25 
Written Sermon on 'Repentance, / 

Second Year; Ralnsto's Elements of Divinity, $2.68 

Watson's Institute, 3rd and 4th parts, 2.G8 

Blackburn. s Church Historv, to the Reformation, 1.60 

Hart's Rhetoric, ' 1.20 
Written sermon on "Justification b^^ Faith." 
Third A'ear; Watson's Institute, 1st and 2nd ]:)arts, 
Blackburn's Church Histor\', concluded, 

Hopkin's Law of Love, etc", $1.27 

Jcroon's Logic, .35 

Bulter's Analogy. 1.25 
Written sermon on "Ajiostasv." 



hu/ji 



i) 



CHARGES AND CHURCHES REPORTING 
DEFICIT ON PASTOR'S SALARY. 

CHARGE. 



Flat Rock 
Randleman & Ashe- 

bcM'O 

Stanly 

Btuliugton 

Guilford 

AHheljoro 

Mofksviilc 

Pee Dee 
BuTieonibe 

llandoliih 
Koanoke 

Siirr.v 
Alanianee 

Spring Clnircb 

Tahernaele 

Yadkin 

LaGranR-e 

Winstdii 
Albemarle 
Cedar Falls 

l>.i vi Ison 

Ijiberty 

Forsyth 

(Ji-anville 

Hioli Point 

Haw liiver 

Halifax 

Ivy 

Meeklenburg 
Noi-th Granville 
(Caldwell 



»-Notf 



Forrent Chapel, Ker-iersville, Bethel. 
Randleman. 

Love's Grove, Friendshiji, Simpson, CoMonville. 

Maple Grove. 

Red Hill, Saiuly Ridge, Fairfield. 

('harlotte. Union. 

Bethel, Union Grove, Union Cliapel, Diilin's, Elbn- 

ville. 

Melton's Grove, Love Joy, Maeeloiii;i. 
Ream's Creek, Cliirke's (Jhapel, Pleasant (i'fi)ve, M(. 
Zion, Flint Hill, Swananoa. 
Salem, Gray's (.'ha pel 

Speight's (.'ha pel, Enfield, Whitakei-'s Ch,H>]>l, Rose, 
neath, Whitakei-'s 

Union Cliapel, Pupbu- Spi-ings, Pilot. 
Sapling Ridge, Center, Concord, Belhel, Rock Ci-cek, 
Flint Ridge. 
S])ring Church. 

Shady Grove, Moriah, Tahernacle. 
Baltimore, Union Hill, Stony Knoll. Tayloi-'s School 

House. 
Harris' Chapel, La(Jrange, Oak Gi-ove, Hickoi-y 

(rrove. 
^'airvievv. (Jravel Hill. Union Itidge, Mt. Pleasant . 
Plymouth, (h-esvvell, Reliobo:ii. 
Gile's (;hapel, I^elhany, Woi-thville, Lev(d Cross. 

Davis Chapel. 
Lineberry, Pleasant Grove, Clia]ie! Hill, Pine Hill. 

Milledgeviile. 
.Vlt. Pleasant. Libei-ty Grove, Pheasant Union. 
Hickory Ridge, Tabernacle, 
Hehoboth, Mt. ('armel, Union Ch.apel, .\nli(jch. 
Mt. Zion. 

Midway, Friendship. 
Lee's Chapel, Ringwood, Union, Eden. 
Pleasant (iap. Big Ivy, Feiry's Fork, Tjanrel 

Branch, Mountain Valley. 
Antio<'h, Zoar. Beulah. 
Mt. Olivet, New Hope. 
A deficit reported for the entire charge, btit no 

names of chnrches given. 
While this church was reported in arreai's, yet for 

the entire charge, no deficit. 

.1. F. DOZILK, Co.MFEUK.NCF. Steward. 

By Order of the Conference. 



North Carolina Conference, Tethodist Protestant C 

CONFERENCE STEWARD'S RtpoRT FOR THE YEA? 1894. 



PASTOllAL 

CHARGB 




*NOTE:— No roport from tliin oliai-ge. 



UeBjject fully Hiilnnitted, 



F. DOSIER, 



^ ^^^lina Conference. Hethodist Protestant Church. 

STATISTICAL REP^I^T FOR THE YEAR 1894. 






623 

238 
499 
297 
272 
55 
695 
2H0 
]9( 
216 
518 
620 
385 
82 
402 
461 
321 

no 

511 

299 
403 
365 
213 
718 
395 
290 
251 
197 
455 
631 
274 
607 
270 
193 
376 
272 
362 
474 
139 
448 



16 



159 
134 
757 
139 
1141 
60 

300 



62 



^^^r-'^ 



11 



90 



20 



75 



99 



11! 71 
20 .... 



41 15 



11 22 



20 
35 
85 
35 
12 
20 
39 
69 
19 
45 

6 
15 

2 

4 
85 
21 
35 
22 
31 
26 
41 
40 
10 
19 

7' 
22 
20 
45 
43 
13 
10 



16 



^i-i 



16 •• 



30| 
10^ 



1 
3 
6 
9 
11 
....„ 

112 
4 
2 



10 



20- 

30- 

63- 

24 

10- 

2 ■ 
29- 
67 
14 
34' 

T 
79- 



59- 
15- 



28 



20- 



35' 

30' 



27' 

3:J- 

ic- 



2| 

41 

11 



5- 
37- 
4T 
14- 



y\ 



Ti = 



14 
50 
26 
40 
32 
35 
71 
60 



'ndl 



30 
80 

114 
11 
47 
12 

134 
32 
3 
75 
57 
69 
30 
76 
62 
47 
50 
14 
33 
6 
34 
23 
49 
35 
20 
9 



3 
4 

i' 

6 

4 
4 
5 
4 

21/2 
4 



4 
4 
GV2 
1 
3 
1 



5000 
20f(0 
3500 
4455 
4000 
3560 
2900 
1800 
1000 
1000 
3050 
7187 
4000 
6OOO: 
3500 
3700 
2000 
3000| 
43001 
2500i 

40;)0' 
200 J 

4500 
5535 
2500 
2060 
2600 
700 
4100 
4200 
3040 
2800 
1000 
2500 
2500 
5000 
3000 
2550 
800 
460 



1 260 
1 1000 



111 000 



1600 
900 
4400 
3000 
1500 
1000 



100 
325 

500 
400 



600 



800 



500 
5oO 
300 



1 1000 



372 359 1255 129 264 73l275 83F- 





6 


1 


3 




7 




3 


12 


4 




5 




4 


io 


5 




4 


6 


4 


85 


6 





6 



191 
125 
155 



162 

189 



15 



45 



140 



119 

265 

480 



138 

125 

2 



7l 150 



24 



36 



10 

8 

171 

5 
15! 

61 

4 
10 
19 

4 
10 
12 
15| 

hI 

12 

15 

9 

9 

9 

1(> 



24 
12 
31 
12 
2.S 
IS 
20 
25 
13 
11 
20 
24 
1 

14 
10 
2i> 
15 
6 
29 
16 
24 



14 



Si 



3! 66 
*3:"75 



80! 2 
1 



no 

300 



371 



380 



to 
137 



3 104 

52! 
24j 
29 



3 7 
6 

4' 15 
1 12 

4 8 



402 
390 
200 
150 
167 
106 
3(JI 3 
370 

I.S4 821 
318 
118 
278 

182" 

lOOl 150 

160 

200 150 

90 

230' 168 



4 137 



I 25 



20 



li 17 1 

3| 58' 

Ii 32 

l| 48 ... 

3i 49 

41 92 .... 



60 

65 

3oo 

180' 

175 



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89 1897 204 136867 12'7285 478 2519 1814611707 9405 1737 38 998 



24 



185O. 1895. 

THE 

Dnited States Lite Insurance Co.! 

IN CITY OF NEW YORK. 



OFFICERS: | 

George H. Burford, - President. .1 

C. P. Fraleigh, - - Secretaiy. 

A. Wheelwright, - - Ass't Secretarv. 

Wm. T. Standen, - - Actuary. 

Arthur C. Perry, - Cashier. 

John P. Munn, - - Medic'l Director. ,' 

FINANCE COMMITTEE: . 

GrEO. G. Williams, - Pres. Chem. Nat. Bank. 
Jas. R. Plum, - . _ Leather. ^^ 

John G. Tucker, - - ' - Builder. .i 

E.H. Perk.ns, Jr., Pres Importers & Traders' Nat. B'k.'j 



THE POLICIES 

OF THE 

UNITED STATES LIFE INSURANCE CO., 

IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

Can be Used with the Company or Banks 

FOR LARGER SUMS 



than can the policies of any other Life Insurance Compa-^ 
pany in the country, which fact alone evidences their '; 
intrinsic value. 

R. E. JONES, I 

In the City of Winston » rianager for N. Ci 



THE SEVENTIETH 8E8S10I 



OF THE 



}ieH\} Carolina eAnnual Conference 



OF THE 



METHODIST PROTESTAKT CHDRCH, 



HELD IN 



ORACK CHURCM, 



GREENSBORO, NOV. 20-25, 1895. 



WALTER A. BUNCH, President, Greensboro, N. C. 



GREENSBORO, N. C: 

Stone & Reid, Book and Job Pri$jters, 

1896. 



THE SEVENTIETH SESSION 



OF THE 



]{Qf{\} (;arolina (Annual (^onferGncG 



OF THE 



METHODIST PROTESTANT CHURCH, 



HELD IN 



GRACK CHURCH, 



GREENSBORO, NOV. 20-25, 1895. 



GREENSBORO, N. C: 

Stone & Reid, Book and Job Printers, 

1896. 



PROCKKDIKOS. 



FIRST DAY— November 20th. 

Conference was called to order at 10 o'clock a. m.. by 
President T. T. Ferree. 

The President read the twelfth chapter of Romans. 
Prayer was offered by T. J. Ogburn, J. R. Savage, and W. 
E. Swain. 

The Conference roll was called. 

The rules of order used by last Conference were adopted. 

A Committee on Credentials was appointed: W. L. Har- 
ris and Jno. L. Powell. 

The bar of Conference was fixed at five seats from front. 

A standing- District Committee was appointed : W. W. 
Amick, Jeremiah Hunter, J. L. Michaux, W. O. Donnell, O. 
R. Cox, and Jno. Snotherly. Also a Committee on minis- 
terial character: J. L. Michaux, A. W. Lineberry. C. A. 
Pickens, J. L. Ogburn. and J. A. Spencer. 

Moved that the Secretary record all important matter in 
full. Carried. 

The time for meeting and adjourning appointed as fol- 
lows : Meet at 9:00 a.m. Adjourn at 12:00 m. Meet at 
2:30 p. m. Adjourn at pleasure. Meet at 7:30 p. m. Ad- 
journ at pleasure. 

The Committee on Credentials reported delegates pres- 
ent as follows: 

Alamance, .J. M. Lindley; Flag Springs, J. A. Spencer; Yadkin, 
J. T. Smitherman; Spring Church, J. A. Robinson; Davidson, 
A. C. Griffin; Mecklenburg, W. M. Atkins: Roanoke, Walter 
Beavens: Littleton, F. D. Wilson; Buncombe, W. T. Clinton; Hen- 
derson, F. R. Harris: Flat Rock. .J. L. Ogburn: Albemarle, G. H. 
Leary; Cleveland, .T. A. Powell: Ivey, W. C. Fair: N. Granville, 
.J. E. Borroughs: Greenville, H. J. Butler; Randleman, S. C. 



Bristow; Winston Ct., P. W. Mock; Forsyth, J. D. Anderson: 
Liberty, J. W. S. Causey: Burlington, R. N. Thompson: Granville. 
Z. T. Garrett. 

W. A. Bunch was called to the chair, and President Fer- 
ree read his annual report. 

President Perree's character was passed. 

It was moved and carried that all communications con- 
cerning- boundary lines be read in open conference, and 
that the Boundary Committee announce all its meetings. 

C. A. Cecil moved that each pastor be required to read 
his tinancial report before the conference. 

P. R. Harris moved to amend by having Conference 
Steward's report posted. 

Conference adjourned for dinner. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Conference called to order by the President. 
C. L. Whitaker was elected assistant Secretary. 
The President announced the foUowing Committees: 

Faculty—T. J. Ogburn, W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, T. F. 
McCulloch, W. E. Swain, W. F. Kennett, J. F. Dosier, ,J. H. 
Stowe. 

Missions— T. J. Ogburn, AV. W. Amick, Charlie Brown, M. F. 
Fox, A. M. Harrison. 

Colleges— A. W. Lineberry, J. N. Garrett, J. P. Proctor, W. 
P. Pickett, G. N. Butner. 

Boundaries- W. A. Bunch, W. F. Ashburn, Pv. R. Ross, F. R. 
Harris, Geo. Kernodle. 

Literature— W. F. Kennett, G. F. Millaway, D. A. Highfill, J. 
S. Hunter, A. N. Robeson. 

Finance— C. A. Cecil, W. C. Kennett, O. A. Hanner, J. A. Spen- 
cer, J. A. Powell. 

Temperance — H. S. B. Thompson, I. I. York, Geo. Johnson, 
W. T. Clinton, J. D. Anderson. 

Sunday Schools— .J. H. Stowe, J. H. Moton, Walter Beavens, 
J. M. Lindley, R. N. Thompson. 



Pastoral Work— T. M. Johnson, Jas. E. Hartsell, E. A. Plyler, 
J. L. Ogburn, S. C. Bristow. 

Fraternal Relations — C. A. Pickens, J. L. Michaux. 

Ordinances— J. F. Dosier, N. M. Modlin, D. A. Bras well. 

Correspondence— W. C. Kennett, W. L. Harris, Z. T. Garrett. 

President's Report— W. E. Swain, J. G. W. Holloway, J. R. 
Savage, R. T. Pickens, J. E. Burroughs. 

Statistics— T. F. McCulloch. 

Unfinished Business— W. T. Totten, F. D. Wilson. 

Pulpit Service— J. S. Williams, .J. S. Hunter, J. N. Wills. 

Christian Endeavor— C. L. Whitaker, W. F. McDowell, A. C. 
GriiEn. 

Conference Steward— J. R. Hutton. 

To Receive Money for Foreign Missions— C. E. M. Raper. 

Home Missions— J. R. Walton. 

Local Missions — J. S. Dunn. 

Colleges — R. R. Banner. 

Superannuated Fund — Philip W. Mock. 

Ministerial Education — J. T. Smitherman. 

Theological Seminary— O. P. Routh. 

Publishing Minutes— W. R. Lowdermilk. 

On motion of J. S. Dunn, 3 o'clock to-morrow was made 
the hour for electing the President, instead of 3 o'clock 
to-day. 

C. A. Cecil's motion as amended, by P. R. Harris, was 
carried. 

On motion the Committees to receive moneys were re- 
quested to meet in the Sunday school room. 

Committee on Credentials made the following report : 
Brother Little to take the place of R. A. Blaylock from 
Guilford, till Brother Blaylock arrives. 

Bro. Braswell from Wadesboro, having left his creden- 
tials, was seated by a motion of the Conference. 

J. W. Guyer, alternate from High Point, was seated as 
a delegate. 

The foUowing resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That a Committee of three should be appointed by the 
President to inquire into the ministerial educational funds collected 
for Colleges in the N. C. district for the past few years, to ascertain 
what directions have been given to funds so received: and also to 



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certain and report to this Conference what would be the effect of 
paying- the amounts raised for ministeral education in N. C. into 
the common { Ministerial Educational ) fund of the General Confei"- 
enee. Signed by J. L. MICHAUX, 

I. I. YORK. 

Invitations for the next annual session of the Confer- 
ence were received from Liberty, Yadkin College, and Bur- 
lington. Conference voted in favor of Burlington. 

Moved and carried that the next session meet Wednes- 
day before the fourth Sunday in November, 1896. 

President appointed W. A. Bunch, P. R. Harris and J. 
L. Ogburn as a Committee to look into the matter of the 
ministerial educational fund. 

W. M. Brown was invited to a seat in the Conference. 

The following delegates were announced: 

R. A. Blaylock from Guilford, George B. Johnson from Mount 
Hermon, C. L. Brown from Lincoln, P. P. Troxler from Gibsonville, 
P. M. Sykes from Orange, A. N. Robeson from Saxapahaw, George 
N. Butner from Surry, J. W. Crotts from Mocksville, D. A. Bras- 
well from Wadesboro, J. P. Proctor from Catawba, A. L. Boggs 
from Uwharrie, J. Speight Hunter from Greensboro. 

On motion the Conference proceeded to the examination 
of the characters of the ministers. 

Rev. J. A. Cuninggim. of the M. E. Church, South, was 
introduced to the Conference. 

Committee on Official Character was appointed as follows: 
W. F. McDowell, J. W. Guyer, and P. M. Sykes. 

Conference adjourned. 



NIGHT SESSION. 



J. Norman Wills delivered the address of welcome on be- 
half of the Greensboro people. W. M. Pike responded on 
behalf of the Conference. 

T. .J. Ogburn, W. A. Bunch and J. M. Hadley were elect- 



ed to till the vacancies in the Board of Trustees of the Con- 
ference. 

The character of the following ministers passed: 

J. S. Dunn, G. F. Millaway, W. W. Amick, W. F. Ashburn. 
I. I. York, W. T. Totten, W. E. Swain, W. M. Pike, L. L. Al- 
bright, G. H. Austin, W. C. Kennett, O. P. Routh, A. W. Line- 
berry, J. R. Betts, J. G. W. Holloway, J. H. Stowe. T. M. Johnson, 
W. D. Fogleman, J. F. Dosier, C. L. Whitaker, A. L. Hunter, J. R. 
Hutton, J. R. Walton, W. P. Kennett, C. A. Cecil, C. E. M. Raper, 
W. L. Harris, W. F. McDowell. 

F. T. Tagg, editor of the Methodist Protestant, was intro- 
duced to the Conference. 
Conference adjourned. 



SECOND DAY— Morning Session— Nov. 21st. 

Conference called to order by the President. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by G. F. Millaway. 

Minutes of the previous sessions were read and adopted. 

J. C. Roberts, of Kernersville, was invited to a seat in 
the Conference. 

Delegates were announced as follows: G. C. Hine from 
Winston, N. M. Harrison from Halifax. 

A paper from Surry Quarterly Conference, recommend- 
ing William Porter to the stationing authority, and for 
orders, was read and referred to the Faculty. 
' A request from Saxapahaw for additional churches or 
financial help for next year was referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 

A letter from H. D. Garmon was read and referred to 
the Stationing Committee. 

A request from J. W. Frank, of Western Maryland Col- 
lege, was read and referred to F. R. Harris as a special 
Committee. P. R. Harris reported at once. 

Conference voted that the request could not be granted 
under the circumstances. 



F. R. Harris, on behalf of the Committee on Education, 
moved that an educational mass meeting be held at 7:30 
on Friday evening. The motion was carried. 

It was voted that the Conference hear T. H. Law, Dis- 
trict Superintendent of the American Bible Society, after 
the reading of the minutes on Friday morning. 

Moved and carried that the Conference hear the Fra- 
ternal Address from Dr. Tagg, of the Maryland Conference, 
to-night at 7:30. 

On motion the first and second Sub-district Conferences 
were consolidated. 

It was voted that the chairman of Sub-district Confer- 
ence be required to notify the pastors in his district four 
weeks in advance of the time of holding conference, and 
that pastors be required to co-operate with the chairman 
in carrying out the work of the Conference. 

The characters of the following passed: T. F. McCulloch, 
J. R. Savage, E. A. Plyler, J. H. Moton, J. N. Garrett, W. 
C. Hammer, N. M. Modlin, T. J. Ogburn, W. R. Lowder- 
milk, H. D. Garmon. J. E. HartseU, J. W. Heath, D. A. 
HightiU, C. A. Cecil, W. W. Russell, D. A. Fishel. 

R. R. Ross, delegate from Asheboro and Cedar Falls, 
was announced. 

The delegate and alternate from Randolph being absent, 
Rev. A. S. Barker was made delegate by vote. 

The characters of Revs. J. L. Michaux and R. R. Michaux 
passed. 

The rules of Conference were suspended to hear the first 
partial report of the Faculty: 

1. We recoixiraencl for ordination and election to merbersliip in 
the Confei-ence Brothers J. R. Hutton, C. E. M. Raper, O. P. Routh, 
H. S. B. Thompson, and W. C. Lassiter. 

2. We recommend Bro. Geo. H. Biggs for ordination but not 
for membership. 

3. We recommend Bro. J. R. Betts for election to membership 
in the Conference. 

4. Brothers J. H. Stowe and G. F. MillaAvay have received Logic 
and have passed on the same. T. J. OGBURN, Secretm-y. 

W. A. BUNCH, Chairnia7i. 



The character of Geo. E. Hunt was passed and his name 
placed on the hst of unstationed ministers. 

The characters of C. F. Harris, W. P. Martin, S. Simp- 
son, P. D. Moore, and J. P. McCuUoch were passed. 

J. H. Weaver and W. M. Bagby, of the M. E. Church, 
South, were introduced to the Conference. 

On motion, the Committee on Boundaries was requested 
not to set off new mission lields without the concurrence 
of the Board of Church Extension. 

The characters of W. A. Bunch, H. S. B. Thompson, C. 
A. Pickens, and R. R. Banner were i3assed. 

On motion, J. C. Roberts was elected to receive all 
moneys collected on the various charges to defray the ex- 
penses of delegates to the General Conference. 

Conference adjourned to hear the annual sermon by T. 
M. Johnson. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 



R. T. Pickens was reported as delegate from Yadkin 
College. 

Conference passed the character of H. L. Powell. 
The following resolution was adopted: 

Besolved, That a committee of thi-ee be appointed to take into con- 
sideration the interest of Local Missions in North Carolina, and 
formulate some i^lan by -which .more money may be raised for that 
purpose. 

C. A. PICKENS, 

' w. F. Mcdowell. 

The committee appointed are J. P. McCulloch, J. L. 
Michaux and J. Norman Wills. 

On motion of T. J. Ogburn a committee to audit Minis- 
terial Educational Fund was appointed: J. L. Michaux, 
G. C. Hine. George Johnson. 



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The report of the Committee on the Young People's 
Society of Christian Endeavor was read and adopted. 

We believe that the importance of the Christian Endeavor Society 
should be emphasized, and that all the pastors should inform them- 
selves on Christian Endeavor aims and methods. 

"We recommend that there be inserted in blanks for examination of 
ofBcial character this question: "Have you endeavored to organize 
Christian Endeavor Societies V" 

We believe that this interest may be advanced and enthusiasm 
aroused and maintained by holding C. E. Rallies as often as practi- 
cable, and by inter-society visitation, both of societies on the same 
work and on adjacent works. 

We urge, especially, the co-operation of pastors in these rallies: 
that they be present and take some part in them. 

We also recommend that the Executive Committee arrange for a 
Presidential visitation more extended than that of the past summer, 
and that all the pastors co-operate with the Executive Committee 
and Christian Endeavor President. 

We would respectfully urge upon the local societies the import- 
ance of contributing the fifty cents a year each to defray the 
expenses of correspondence and literature to the officers as suggest- 
ed last year. Out of a total of seventy-seven societies only seven- 
teen have responded to that call. 

A¥e recommend that the- time necessary for carrying out the pro- 
gramme px-epared by the Executive Committee be given by the Con- 
ference. 

C. L. WHITAKER, 

w. F. Mcdowell, 

A. C. GRIFFIN. 

R. R. Ross moved that the stationing committee be 
composed of five members — the president of the Confer- 
ence, two ministers, and two laymen. R. T. Pickens of- 
fered as an amendment that the president be aided by 
one layman from each field. F. R. Harris substituted 
that the stationing power be vested in the president and 
the ex-president. 

The order of the day having arrived, the Conference 
proceeded to elect the president for the coming year. 
On second ballot W. A. Bunch was declared elected. 

L. L. Albright was elected secretary ; C. L. Whitaker. 
assistant. L. L. Albright tendered his resignation as 



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secretary. Resig-nation accepted. C. L. Whitaker was 
then elected secretary, and J. R. Belts assistant. 
The following resolntion was adopted : 

liesolved, That we i-ecognize the etfieient work of oui' I'etiring 
president, Brother Ferree, and pray the benediction of Heaven 
upon him. I. I. YORK. 

W. ('. HAMMER. 

Conference resnmed discussion on motion as to station- 
ing committee. The amendment was lost. The orig-inal 
motion was carried. To serve on tlie committee with the 
president the Conference elected T. J. Ogburn. F. R. 
Harris, T. T. Ferree and J. L. Ogburn. 

O. A. Hanner was reported as delegate from Chatliam 
and M. M. Furr from Stanly. 

A memorial from Yadkin College circuit was received 
and referred to the committee on Boundaries. 

Conference adjourned. 



EVENING SESSION. 



Conference opened with music by the choir. 

F. T. Tagg, fraternal messenger from the Maryland 
Conference, addressed the Conference. 

J. F. McCuUoch was appointed fraternal messenger to 
the Maryland Conference. F. R. Harris was aj^pointed 
alternate. 

Conference adjourned with 2)rayer by R. R. Michaux. 



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THIRD DAY— Nov. 22nd— Morning Session. 

Conference called to order by the president. 

Religious exercises were conducted by J. H. Moton. 

Minutes read and approved. 

Dr. Law, district secretary of the American Bible So- 
ciety, was introduced. On motion the order of the day 
was deferred thirty minutes. 

The committee on colleges read their report : 

We are gratified to know that we have such educational work 
done in the interest of our denomination, as is done by Western 
Maryland College; also Adrian College. We i-ejoice in the fact 
that these schools of high grade are run in the interest of not only 
the people of our country, but in the interest of our own loved 
Zion. And we indulge the hope that their prosperity and useful- 
ness will continue to widen as time moves on. 

We also feel a deep interest in Kansas City University, and wish 
it the greatest possible success, and trust that it will be the school 
of the West. But, as has been stated in a previous report, these 
schools are too distant geographically at this fast day to gather in 
any large a.mount of patronage from our Conference. So then in- 
terest dictates the importance of looking after our educational 
interests in our own district. 

Your committee has not the information that we desire in refer- 
ence to Falston Institute, but from the information that we have 
we believe it to be worthy of oiu" notice and commendation, and 
should be patronized by our people. 

Also your committee has had the interests of Yadkin College 
under consideration. This institution is really the only available 
institution owned by the North Carolina Conference. The college 
building is now in a condition to accommodate comfortably quite 
a number of students. It has a beautiful location and beautiful 
natural surrovmdings, and they are healthful and invigorating — 
in the midst of a moral atmosphere seldom surpassed. Her chufch 
and Sabbath school opportunities are ample. Her principal is 
competent, impartial and unsparing in his labors to advance his 
pupils in knowledge. Tuition and board may be had wonderfully 
cheap. So that your committee is of the opinion that no school of 
its grade, all things considered, offers greater inducements to those 
who are seeking an education than Yadkin College High School. 
Therefore your committee recommends it to the favorable consid- 



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eration of this Conference, and to our people and friends every- 
where. 

We would also recommend that a special committee of three be 
appointed whose duty it shall be to take into consideration the 
indebtedness of Yadkin Collea-e. and devise some plan or plans by 
which, in their judgment, it may be relieved of its indebtedness ; 
and report the same to this body at as early an hour as shall be 
found convenient. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

A. AV. LINEBERRY, 
J. N. GARRETT, 
J. P. PROCTOR, 
G. N. BUTXER. 

J. Norman Wills offered his resignation as a member of 
the local board of ministerial education. Resignation ac- 
cepted. J. L. Ogburn's resignation on the same board 
was accepted. 

Committee on x^astoral work made their report : 

The preacher who does little or no pastoral visiting does only 
half a year's work, and that only halfway, no matter how ably and 
eloquently he has preached on the fifty-two Sundays and during the 
revival season. It is really no wonder if such a preacher with such 
a record has only half a salary promised him, and that only half 
paid. The congregations are small, the salary not paid, and the 
people want another preacher. He wonders what is the matter. The 
people may not tell him, but they do not hesitate to tell others that 
they do not want him back because he does not visit. Your com- 
mittee does not intimate that the preacher should visit in order to 
get his money: that would be betraying his sacred trust. V\''e simply 
point out this lack of appreciation on the jjart of the people as an 
indication of defective work on the pai't of some preachers — a defect 
that may be remedied. The truth is, such a preacher is rapidly ap- 
proaching the '"dead line," or has already crossed it. No man who 
withdraws himself from men can be alive to their needs and thoughts. 
Some one has said the preacher should keep open both Godward 
and manward: but he cannot keep open manward unless he asso- 
ciates with men. Then, too, he needs to have the confidence of men. 
To have this confidence he must let the people feel that he is not 
simply one among them but one of them as well: that he is a man- 
preacher and a preacher-man, that he is man's preacher and God's 
preacher, a God-man. The preacher should have purity as an angel 
but familiarity as a man. should have communion with God but 
companionship with men. 

The pastor should not mistake social calling or clerical loafing 



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for i);(,8toi'aI viriiting. He should not go among- the people to eat, 
liut to feed others. ' 'Feed my sheep, ' ' is the command of the Master. 
The pastor should have an object — a definite object. The arrow 
shot at a venture may hit a mark but it is not likely to hit the mark. 
The one object should be to learn the needs of the people and meet 
those needs, to get along side of the people, close to them, to feel 
their heart throbs and they feel his, to think their thoughts and they 
think his, to know them and they know him. to sympathize with the 
l)eople and they with him. He who i.s called to i^reach must, in the 
very nature of the case, be called to do at least some of this kind of 
woi'k; for preaching is teaching and teaching is most effective when 
done in this hand-to-hand, heart-to-heart, life-to-life sort of way. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 
S. C. Bill STOW, 
E. A. PLYLER, 
.J. L. OGBURN, 
J. E. HAllTSELL. 

Report of committee on correspondence was presented: 

We find four letters : one each from D. A. Fishel, W. P. Martin 
and J. W. Wilborn, and one from Dr. J. M. Hadley. We i-ecom- 
inend that these be referred to the stationing committee. We also 
liave a letter from W. A. Lindsay which we recommend to, the 
committee on Boundaries. W. C. KENNETT, 

W. L. HARRIS, 
Z. T. GARRETT. 

Dr. Law addressed the Conference. 

M. F. Fox was reported as delegate from Tabernacle. 

On motion of F. R. Harris a committee of three was ap- 
pointed to consider the interests presented by Dr. Law. 
J. L. Michaux, W. C. Hammer, and J. M. Lindley were ap- 
pointed. 

The North Carolina Local Missionary Society held its 
annual meeting. The collection amounted to '1178.40. 

C<mf erence adjourned , 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 



It being tlieorder of the day to elect representatives to 
the General Conference, Conference was organized into 



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an electoral college with W. A. Bunch, president; W. E. 
Swpin, secretary; J. R. Hutton and J. S. Hunter, tellers. 

Moved and carried that the Conference and the electoral 
college alternate. 

On motion of W. F. Keniiett '2 o'clock Saturday was set 
apart to hear the report of the committee (jn literature and 
to consider the publishing house interests. 

Revs. Jarrell and Roach, of the Christian church, were 
introduced to the Conference: 

The committee on ordinances presented their report: 

After considerable thought and observation we are impressed that 
as a church we do not sufficiently emphasize the importance of 
church ordinances. Not that this is so from design — for our Articles 
of Faith and Discipline are sufficiently strong- — but the zeal with 
which we oppose everything savoring of ecclesiastical tyranny, pre- 
latical pretentions and sacramentarianism, and with which we ad- 
vocate freedom of thought and of consciencfe has caused us to swing 
to the other extreme, bordering on latitudinarianism. So this was 
and is leading us to the following errors in pra,ctice, and, to some 
extent, in theory: 

1st. Sometimes persons have been admitted into full membershi]) 
without being baptized, which is positively at variance with article 
17 of our Articles of Faith: for in said article we recognize baptism 
as an ordinance of Christ, If it is an ordinance of Christ, how dare 
we as Christians to lightly esteem it, or ignore it in practice? 

2d. In some sections the young children of our members are rare- 
ly ever baptized. This »on-practice is at variance with article 18 of 
our Articles of Faith, and with Methodist and all Pedo-Baptist 
standards, and, as we think, with the Bible, and needs correcting. 

3d. Another error is the abnormal fear of hurting somebody's 
feelings, or precipitating controversy, if we state, defend or incul- 
cate our views respecting the nature, design, obligation, subjects, 
and especially the modes of baptism. And the consequence is, little 
is said on the subject, and our people, as a rule, are sadly in need 
of information i-especting this ordinance. We are well aware, how- 
ever, that the specious plea is often urged, "Let each one think and 
decide for hims€;lf in such matters. We should do violence to no 
one's conscience in such matters. " A^ery good; but we are not at 
liberty to endorse every one's decisions in matters of conscience. 
We, as the representatives of Christ, should have a conscience our- 
selves, sufficiently loyal to Him to prevent our endorsing anything 
disloyal to Him, at variance with His commands. The plea, in the 
name of liberty, that is sometimes urged, that it is discretionary 



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with us whether we are baptized or have our children baptized, we 
believe to be heretical in its very nature. What command, precept, 
or injunction of Christ is left to our discretion? Not one. It is 
very true that we cannot — neither should we attempt it— coerce any 
one's conscience, but we are at liberty, and often under oblig-ation, 
to enlighten the consciences of others; and while we let persons 
think for themselves, it is our duty to help them in their thinking. 
Very few left to themselves really do think, and when and where we 
do not help our people in their thinking some one else generally 
does, and the result is persons sometimes received without baptism, 
in some sections the young children of our members rarely ever 
baptized, and sometimes we have dissatisfaction or lose members on 
account of how they were baptized. 

To remedy this we would recommend that all of our pastors suf- 
ficiently inform themselves on the subject in question, so as to be 
able to intelligently and convincingly state and defend our views, 
and then enlighten our people on the subject from the pulpit and 
fireside, and by the circulation of literatui'e on the subject. In the 
way of literature we would recommend Bates on Water Baptism for 
general circulation, and for those who have the qualification and 
inclination to read more extensively we would recommend Summers 
on Baptism and 2\irney on the Mode of BapMsm. 

Touching the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, we believe it to be 
a means of gi'ace which no one is at liberty to ignore, and should 
be observed by every one who is earnestly striving to live a Chris- 
tian life. And if the nature, design, signification and obligation of 
this ordinance were more clearly and generally set forth before our 
people, explaining what is meant by "eating and drinking unworth- 
ily" and by '"being- in love and charity with our neighbors" we 
would have a larger number that would commune. 

Further, your committee would observe that the impression is be- 
coming quite prevalent that as there is no saving efficacy in the 
elements of bread, wine and water used in the sacraments, they 
are unimi^ortant, of little or no value, and that they can be es- 
teemed lightly, with indiffei-ence, or ignored altogether with impu- 
nity. But your committee are of the opinion that as the sacraments 
are of divine institution, given us as "tokens," "signs," and 
"seals" of some of the most fundamental, vital, and precious truths 
of the Bible, that we as Christians are not at liberty to esteem them 
lightly, much less to ignore them: and that we should be governed 
by our Articles of Faith, the discipline and the Bible and not by 
the notions, whims, caprices, or prejudices of men. If we really be- 
lieve what we profess we are morally bound to teach it. If we do 
not believe it, then we ought to formulate a new creed that we do 
believe to be consistent. Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. DOSIER, 
N. M. MODLIN. 



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On motion of A. W. Lineberry. 10 o'clock Saturday was 
set apart to consider our college interests. 

On motion of W. A. Bunch, S. V. Pickens was asked to 
make a statement as a member of the committee to look 
after certain property in Ashevilie. 

Characters of J. B. Tar Iton, W. C. Lassiter. and J. D. 
Williams were passed. 

Report of the Committee on Ordinances was adopted. 

Report of the Committee on Correspondence was adopted. 

Report of the Committee on Colleges was adopted. 

The president appointed the same committee as the 
special committee recommended in the report. 

The Conference heard F. T. Tagg on behalf of the MdJio- 
dist Protestant. 

On motion of T. J. Ogburn. it was ordered that a com- 
mittee be appointed, to investigate and report on the ad- 
visability of holding the Christian Endeavor rally in 
connection with the Conference. 

Conference adjourned with the benedictiim by N. M. 
Modhn. 



EVENING SESSION. 

Conference was opened with singing. 

C. L. Whitaker led in prayer. 

The educational mass meeting was the order of the day. 
"Our Educational Need" was the subject for discussicm. 
Addresses were heard from J. S. Williams. T. M. Johnson. 
R. T. Pickens and S. Simpson. 

Conference adjourned. 



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FOURTH DAY— Nov. 1!3rd.— Morning Session. 

In the absence of the president Conference was called 
to order by the secretary. 

On motion, T. J. Ogburn was elected president i)ro tern. 
T. J. Ogburn being absent T. M. Johnson was elected 
temporary chairman. 

J. H. Stowe conducted religious exercises. 

The Committee on Boundaries read their report, which 
was adopted: 

We, your Committee on Boundaries, beg leave to make the fol- 
lowing report: 

1. LaGrange circuit wants a mission made of Oak Grove church. 
We recommend this to the consideration of the president. 

2. We recommend that Albemarle mission be made a circuit. 

3. We recommend that Winston circuit and Yadkin College cir- 
cuit be consolidated, and be known as AVinston circuit; and we 
further recommend that Union Grove, Fairview and Gravel Hill be 
dropped from the list of appointments*. 

4. We recommend that the a,ppointment at Charlotte be attached 
to the Mecklenburg circuit. 

5. We recommend that Maple Grove be detached from Burlington 
mission and attached to Gibsonville mission, and that the latter he 
made a circuit and known as Gibsonville circuit. 

6. We recommend that Union Grove be detached from Mocksville 
circuit and be attached to Yadkin circuit. 

7. We recommend that Lexington appointment be dropped from 
High Point and Lexington mission, and that High Point church be 
known as High Point mission. 

8. We recommend that the other fields remain as they are. 

T. T. FERREE, Chairman. 
R. R. ROSS, Secretary. 

The Committee on Bible Cause read their re23ort: 

Your committee, to whom was referred the subject of the Bible 
cavise, our relation as a Conference to the American Bible Society, 
and our duty to co-operate in some eaimest and practical 'manner 
in sustaining said Society, and thereby aiding in the great work of 
circulating the pure Word of God, beg leave to repoi't: 

1. That we, in common with Protestant denominations of every 
name, ai^e deeply indebted to the Amei'ican Bible Society for having 



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for the past seventy-nine years been engaged in the woi'k of ]n-o- 
ducing- and placing within reach of the humblest substantial and 
readable copies of the Holy Scriptures at the lowest possible price, 
besides making numerous grants of Bibles and testaments to those 
who were too poor to pay for them. 

2. That this great benevolent society has extended its work to 
foreign lands where, in connection \vith the British and Foreign 
Bible Society, it has translated the Bible and portions of the Bible 
into more than two hunbred languages and dialects, printed the 
same, and furnished appliances for their eirc-ulation among' those 
who were perishing for the Bread of Life. 

3. With these important facts before us. and the additional fact 
that the good offices of the society are still greatly needed among 
us: Scsolvecl, That we recommend to the Conference the following- 
action: 

1. That all i^astors be required to present the Bible cause and 
take up a collection in each of their churches once every year. 

2. That the blanks fnrnished for the Conference of 189(3 contain a 
separate column in which to i-eport these collections, and that each 
subsequent Conference shall have a standing committee on the Bible 
cause to consider and ref)ort upon this object. 

3. That all our ministers and people be urged to co-operate with 
the American Bible Society in its work of circulating the Scriptures, 
especially in its efforts to supply Sunday school children with the 
whole Bible, which the society offers to sell at half price to such 
children as can read and do not own the Bible. 

4. We religiously believe that we. as a denomination, will be 
derelict in duty and neglectful of a most valuable opportunity should 
we fail to align ourselves with this great evangelistic agency and 
place ourselves in touch with its work of circulating in our land 
and elsewhere the i^ure Word of God. 

Most respectfullv. 

J. L. MICHAUX. 
W. C. HAAniER. 
.1. M. LINDLEY. 

Minutes of previous session read and approved. 

"Our College Interests" was declared to be the order of 
the day. 

The special committee on the indebtedness of Yadkin 
College reported: 

We have had this matter under careful consideration and find 
ourselves at a loss to know what to recommend as the best plan by 
which to relieve it from its indebtedness. But after canvassing the 



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4. That any charge in the district requii-ing the presence of the 
president shall pay his expenses. 

5. That in assessing the supplemental salary of the president upon 
the various charges a surplus of fifty dollars be laid, upon which 
the president may draw for actual expenses in going to and from, 
points in the district to attend to general church work other than 
meeting Avith the District Conferences. 

An ammendment was offered requiring- the president to 
travel. Amendment adopted. 

J. W. Wellons and Dr. Herndon, fraternal messengers 
from the Christian church, were introduced to the Con- 
ference, and were tendered seats within the bar. 

The Financial Committee made their report, which was 
adopted: 

Your Committee on Finance make the followink report: This 
subject has been discussed through Our diurch Record during the 
year, and we trust much good has been accomplished thereby; but 
no plan spoken of in the discussion seems to have met the approval 
of all, neither does your committee hope to do so. but L-ecommend 
the following: 

1. That our pastors d(?mand such a salary at the first Quarterly 
Conference as they have reasons to believe the charge is able to pay. 

2. Pastors should unhesitatingly preach on the subject of render- 
ing unto God the things which are God's. If preachers fail to 
preach on this subject they rob God. and if the laity fail to render 
unto God that which belongs to Him according to their ability they 
do likewise, so let both preacher and layman take heed as to his 
duty toward God. 

3. Recognizing the need of more money, we insist that the pastors 
faithfully look after all the collections to be taken, and the way to 
get others to give is to be liberal ourselves. 

4. We fiu'ther recommend that the assessment per member be as 
follows: Foreign Missions, 10 cents: Local Missions, 10 cents: 
Home Missions. 10 cents, and that the other collections be taken as 
may seem best to the pastor. 

5. We sincerely ask that all pastors and delegates at their first 
Quarterly Conference adopt the individual assessment plan for 
raising the president and pastor's salary, and that the stewards be 
prompt and faithful in their collections that the ])astor may receive 
the amount due. at least quarterly. 

(i. Your committee believes it would be a stimulus both to pastor 
and people to have the financial I'eports read in open Conference. 



7. We recommend that the president's salary be $1,U0U, appor- 
tioned as follows: 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls $25.00 

Albemarle 12.00 

Alamance 35.00 

Buncombe 25.00 

Burlington 5.00 

Catawba , 15.00 

Chatham 15.00 

Caldwell 10.00 

Cleveland 25.00 

Davidson 30.00 

Flat Rock 40.00 

Flag- Springs 30.00 

Forsythe 30.00 

Granville 30.00 

Guilford 25.00 

Greenville 20.00 

Gibsonville ■, 10.00 

Greensboro Station 15.00 

Halifax 30.00 

Henderson Station 35.00 

Haw River 33.00 

High Point 10.00 

Littleton 20.00 

LaGrange 20.00 

Liberty 20.00 

Lincoln 25.00 

Mocksville 20.00 

Mecklenburg 20.00 

Monroe 8.00 

Mt. Hermon 35.00 

North Granville 30.00 

Orange 25.00 

Pee Dee 10.00 

Randolph 20.00 

Roanoke 20.00 

Randleman and Worthville 20.00 

Saxapahaw 15.00 

Surry 20.00 

Stanly 20.00 

Spring Church 10.00 

Tabernacle 35.00 

Tar River 15.00 

Uwharrie 22.00 

Winston Station 15.00 

AVinston Circuit 30.00 

AVestfield 2.00 

AVadesboro 7.00 

Yadldn 10.00 

C. A. CECIL, CJwi-n, 
W. C. KENNETT. 
J. A. SPENCER, 
O. A. HANNER. Sec. 



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The Committee on Temperance again gave their report, 
which was adopted. 

The fohowing w'ere elected alternate delegates to the 
General Conference: J. F. Dosier. W. F. Kennett, J. L. 
Michaux and C. L. Whitaker. 

The following were elected lay delegates to the General 
Conferencee: F. R. Harris. O. R. Cox. A. M. Rankin, R. 
T. Pickens, J. C. Roberts. J. M. Hadley. W. P. Pickett, 
J. L. Ogburn. J. Norman Wills. , 

The following were elected as alternate lay delegates in 
the order mentioned, except that M. F. Fox and J. S. 
Hunter each received the same number of votes: B. 
Davidson. M. F. Fox. J. S. Hunter and R. R. Ross. 

The committee on Kansas city University made their 
report: 

We, your committee, to whom was i-eferred the matter of the Kan- 
sas City Univertity enterprise would report as follows: 

1. The offer of Dr. S. F. Mather, of Kansas City, Kan., seems to 
present a providential opportunity for the establishment of our 
church in the west, and for giving a new impetus to our work 
thi'oughout the denomination. Our success in this movement will 
prove a benefit and an inspiration to the whole church. 

'1. In view of the fact that all sections of the church will be ad- 
vantageously affected by the success of this enterprise, we recom- 
mend that pastors and people of the North Carolina Conference 
extend to this movement their sj'mpathy, and such co-operation in 
the way of financial assistance as they may be able to give. 

3. We recommend, further, that opportunity be given publicly for 
such individuals -present as care to do so to give pledges to the 
building fund of this institution. 

' Respectfully submitted. 



F. 


R. HARRIS. 


M, 


. F. FOX, 


J. 


S. HUNTER. 



The report was adopted. 

On motion of D. A. Highfill. G. E. Hunt was restored to 
membership in the Conference. 

Conference proceeded to discuss the Publishing House 
interest. 

On motion, 9:30 o'clock Monday was set a part to discuss 
this matter. 



R. B. Haimer was elected treasurer of money collected 
for colleges. 

J. L. Ogburn was elected treasurer of money collected 
for superannuates. 

Conference voted to hold a session after the Christian 
Endeavor rally to-night. 

Conference adjourned. 



EVENING SESSION. 



Conference called to order by the president. />/-o te)n. 
Report of committee on Pastoral work was adopted. 
Report of committee on Sunday-schools was read and 
adopted : 

We consider that the importance of earnest Sunday-school work 
is too well known by this body to need any commendation by your 
committee. 

Our statistics show that the work is not what it ought to be; there- 
fore we recommend that our pastors make special effort to get a 
larger per cent, of our adult members to take an interest in Sun- 
day-school work. 

Also to organize Sunday-schools in communities remote from 
churches, and to get our churches to run their schools throughout 
the year. We recommend the use of "Our Own" literature and con- 
sider the use of any other as an act of disloyalty deserving the cen- 
sure of this Conference. 

-J. H. STOWE, 
J. H. MOTON, 
R. N. THOMPSON, 
J. M. LINDLEY. 

Report of committee on Bible Cause was adopted. 

The Examining" Board made their second partial report: 

1. Bro. .J. L. .Jiles was recommended for the itinerancy by the 
Randleman circuit. We decline, in view of the crowded state of 
our ranks, to i-ecommend him. 

2. Bro. W. A. Crews comes to us recommended for orders and 



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the itinerancy. We recommend hiixi to the president's employment, 
provided he shall need his services. 

3. William Porter is admitted, to the class of first year, and 
recommended to the stationing- authority. 

4. C. H. Whitaker. A. L. Hunter and .J. R. Walton have passed 
on Rhetoric. Bro. A. L. Hunter also passed on Ralston. 

5. Bro. W. O. Davis is admitted to the class of the first year, 
and recommended to the president. 

6. W. D. Fogieman, R. E. Davis and H. L. Powell have passed 
on Bassett and "The Pastor Amidst His Flock." R. E. Davis also 
passed on "Binney. " These brethren are passed to class of third 
year, but required to study "Broadus."' 

J. W. Wellons addressed the Conference on behalf of the 
Christian church. 

Conference adjourned with x^rayer by W. F. Ashburn. 



FIFTH DAY— Nov. 25th— Morning Session. 

Conference called to order bj?" the President. 

Riligious exercises were conducted by J. R. Betts. 

On motion of F. R. Harris, the order of the day for ad- 
journment at 11 o'clock was indefinitely postponed, and 
that hour set apart to hear T. E. Coulbourn on behalf of 
Foreign Missions. 

On motion the Publishing House was made the order of 
the day for 2:30 o'clock to-day. 

Discussion of Concord church was declared to be the 
order of the day for this hour. 

On motion of W. F. McDowell the Concord church was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries for considera- 
tion. 

Committee on Literature made their report which was 
adopted : 

The character of any people may be safely judged by what they 
read. Not only may this be considered an accurate index to the 
condition, moral and spiritual, of any people, but it is also to be 



regarded as a mighty power in moulding or influencing their charac- 
ters and in dii'ecting their thoughts and energies. 

The liigii standard maintained in the literature issued by our 
church is well known, and is a source of gratification to all who 
love our church. But in order that it may accomi^lish the desired 
end this is not all that is necessary; it must be circulated. 

1. We urge that Our Own literature be used in all our Sunday- 
schools, and that the young people's and children's papers be cir- 
culated as thoroughly as possible. We also commend the Metho- 
dist Recorder as worthy of the consideration of our people. We 
recognize the Methodist Protestant as having the first claim upon us 
as a connectional organ. Its vigorous, aggressive policy must 
win approval from our people in this State and elsewhere. W^e 
urge the necessity of using every reasonable ett'ort to circulate it. 
and recommend that our pastors be requested to communicate news 
items of interest to it from time to time. 

2. We recommend that a memorial to the General Conference be 
prepared requesting them to appoint a committee, at its next session, 
to investigate the feasibility of consolidating our publishing interests 
and issuing one general organ; said committee to report at the time 
and in the manner designated by the General Conference. 

3. To the Methodist Protestant Church in North Carolina the 
most vital question in this connection, is that which pertains to the 
success of Our Cluirck Record. The j^aper has been before us for a 
year. It has proved to be all that was expected, or thai could be 
asked. Yet we know that the work has been done under great 
disadvantages, and at a great personal sacrifice to its editor. Yet 
from this he asks no relief, but only that it may be made possible 
for him to continue his work in behalf of the Methodist Protestant 
Church in North Carolina. The future success — indeed we may say 
the very life — of our church is dependent ujjon the education of its 
people. No more potent agency for the accomplishment of this 
end could be devised than that which we find in Our Church Record. 
In order that this enterprise may be made permanent, it has been 
proposed that a lot be purchased in the city of Greensboro, and a 
building erected thereon, to be devoted to our publishing interests. 
We recommend that this proposition be accepted, with the following 
modifications, additions, and conditions: 

First, that the lot and buildings shall be the property of this Con- 
ference, and shall be forever devoted to the publishing interests of 
our church in this State. 

Second, that it shall be controlled by a board of trustees, to be 
elected by the contributors to the building fund, the number of votes 
of each contributor to be regulated by the amount of his contribu- 
tion. 



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Third, that the approximate cost of bviilding- and lot sliall be Five 
Thousand Dollars. 

Fourth, that a committee of three be appointed to raise the funds 
necessary for the accomplishment of this plan, and we recommend 
that it shall be the duty of pastors in the State to co-operate with 
them fully. ' 

Fifth, that all subscriptions, when so desired, be made payable in 
four equal installments, the last paj'ment not to be made later than 
July 1st, 1896. 

Sixth, we recommend that a Publishing Committee of five be ap- 
pointed by this conference, with terms of office of one, two, three, 
four, and five years, and at the expiration of the term of any mem- 
ber of this committee, his successor shall be elected for five years. 
We commend this enterprise to the careful and prayerful consid- 
eration, and the most earnest and vigorous effort of this Confer- 
ence. The opportunity is one of which our church cannot att'ord to 
fail to avail itself. 

Seventh, that such part of the building- as may be required, be de- 
voted to the publication of Our Church Record, and the rental from 
the remainder, after the payment of tax and insiirance, accrue to the 
Publisfier during the life of the contract contemplated in his proposi- 
tion, and after that, be directed in such manner as shall be deter- 
mined by the contributors in forming the articles of incorporation 
for the Board of Trustees. 

Respectfully submitted. 

W. F. KENNETT, 
D. A. HIGHFILL, 
G. F. MILLAWAY, 
A. N. ROBERSON, 
J. S. HUNTER. 

Committee on Fraternal Relations made their report: 

1. We have had with us at this session Rev. F. T. Tagg, D. 
D., editor of the Methodist Protestant, who comes also in the capa- 
city of a fraternal messenger from the Maryland Conference; and it 
is but just to say of his fraternal address, delivered on Thursday 
evening, that it was clear, logical, eloquent, instructive, and highly 
edifying, and will linger as a memory with all who were so fortu- 
nate as to hear it. Be it Besolred: That we esteem these rela- 
tions with the time honored and historic Conference of Maryland as 
not only pleasant, but profitable, and, as such, worthy to be cherished 
and perpetuated for mutual encouragement and connectional up- 
building and we are gratified at the appointment of messengers to 
bear our cordial greetings to the Maryland Conference in its next 
annual session. 



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2. We have had with us also Rev. J. W. Wellons, a fraternal 
messenger, from the N. C. and Va. Conference of the Christian 
Church, whose brotherly gi'eeting-s the Conference has very propei'ly 
reciprocated by the a])pointment of messengers to bear our greet- 
ings to his Conference. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

.7. L. MICHAUX, Chm'n. 

Committee appointed to confer with a like Committee 
from the Christian church made their report. 

We, the commissioners of the North Carolina Conference, Metho- 
dist Protestant church, and of the North Carolina and Virginia 
Conference, Christian church, in joint session, find from our mu- 
tual consultation on the subject of organic union that w^hile there 
appears to be no doctrinal or governmental principle in the way 
which would not be adjusted, there are certain legal obstructions 
which appear insurmountable. Much to oui- I'egret, therefore, we find 
that the utmost which we can expect now to effect, is to recommend 
to our respective Conferences co-opera,tive union. 

1. We most respectful}' recommend co-operation in litei'a-ry and 
educational work, in the operations of the pastorate, and in local 
or Conference missions. 

2. We recommend in reference to our educational interest, that a 
committee of five from each of the above mentioned Conferences be 
ap2Dointed who, together with the trustees of the schools and colleges 
represented by the Conferences, shall constitute a commission whose 
duty it shall be to formulate plans for co-operation and report to 
next Conference. 

3. We recommend some plan, similar to the above mentioned, to 
formulate a basis for co-operation of publications. 

4. We recommend that in case of societies of either conference, 
situated remote from other socities of the same denomination, but 
near to socities of the other denomination, that in such cases, they 
may co-operate with the more convenient socities in arranging for 
pastoral supply by consent of the contracting authority. 

5. We futher recommend to the Conferences of the two churches 
respectively the appointment of committees, with the like special 
design, viz: to prevent the "building of alter against alter," as 
happens when both the Methodist Protestant Church and the Chris- 
tian Church attempt a simultaneous establishment, with m,aterial 
and surroundings which give no promise of success where the two 
churches appear on the same ground, and must be hurtful to one of 
the two — most likely to both — with no other result of a compensatory 
nature to justify the seperate movement. 

The office of these committees would be to consider such move- 



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ments, where they are known to be in contemplation, and devise, if 
practicable, a remedy in the withdrawal of one of the parties in favor 
of the other, and the consolidation of effort in the gospel work 
which each proposed to do separatly. 

6. We do not feel prepared to recommend any special plan for 
co-operation in mission work, but think that the work would suggest 
its own remedy in the application of the above mentioned recom- 
mendations. O. R. COX. 

On motion of J. N. Garrett, money collected for colleges 
was ordered applied to the debt on Yadkin College. 
M. P. Fox offered a resolution as follows : 

Resolved, That the Legislature be asked to annul the charter of 
Yadkin College and that it be known as Yadkin High School. 

2. That its present Trustees be hereby asked to resign and that 
they be hereafter elected by this Conference. 

On motion the resolution was referred to a special com- 
mittee, viz: R. T. Rickens, M. F. Fox, J. S. Hunter. 

T. E. Coulburn addressed the Conference. 

Committee on Statistics made their report. Report 
adopted. 

The Su|)erannuated Fund Society made their report and 
the report was adopted: 

The Superannuated Fund Society of the M.P. Church, N. C. Confer- 
ence, met at Greensboro, in .Grace Church, on the 22nd day of Novem- 
ber, 1895, during the sitting of the iVnnual Conference. Members pres- 
ent, C. F. Harris, J. L. Ogburn, J. W. Heath, and W. W. Amick. 
-J. C. Roberts made .J. L. Ogburn his proxy and Ed. Wills made W. 
W. Amick his proxy. C. F. Harris, president of the board, in the 
chair. A letter from Ed. Wills, the agent in Halifax county, was 
read in which he reports and sends ($25.80) twenty-five dollars and 
eighty cents. The whole aniovmt collected was thirty dollars, of 
the amount of the loan for 1895, tax $1:.20, leaving $25.80, the amount 
acknowledged above. On motion it was decided to ask the Confer- 
ence to appropriate the money on hand, viz: $25.80, to the benefit 
of Rev. C. F. Harris in addition to the amount that may be allowed 
him from the annual collections for worn-out ministers. Also to 
direct the treasurer, W. O. Donnell, to pay over the said amount to 
Rev. C. F. Harris, A motion to send the money, on hand, to the 
treasurer, W. O. Donnell by the hands of .J. L. Ogburn. 

A motion to adjourn. Carried. C. F. HARRIS, Prest. 

W. W. AMICK, Secretcmj 2jro tern. 



On motion 2 o'clock was set apart to hear Benjamin 
Stout on behalf of Home Missions. 

Report of the Auditing Committee was presented and 
re-committed. 

The Local Missionary Soceity made their report, which 
was adopted. 

On motion the president appointed a Publishing- Com- 
mittee. 

Conference adjourned. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 



Conference called to order. 

Character of J. S. Williams was passed. 

J. E. Hartsell was granted leave of absence. 

Conference heard Benjamin Stout. 

On motion of J. S. Hunter, the Publishing House Inter- 
est was committed to a committee of three. The Presi- 
dent appointed F. R. Harris, J. S. Hunter. O. R. Cox. 

R. H. Brooks, of Greensboro, was elected treasurer of 
Publishing House funds. 

The following resolution was presented. 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to confer with 
the Executive Committee of the Cliristian Endeavor Union as to the 
feasibility of having- a Summer Conference for our ministers, in 
connection with the Annual Convention or Rally of the Methodist 
Protestant C. E. Union of N. C, said committee to have the power 
to appoint and arrange the Conference if, in their judgment, it shall 
be deemed practicable and desirable. T. M. .JOHNSON. 

W. F. KENNETT, 
C. L. WHITAKER. 

Resolution was lost. 

R. T. Pickens offered the following : That a committee 
of appeals consisting of three ministers and three laymen 
be elected to whom any member of this Conference who 
represents any charge, or any minister who may be as- 



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signed to any charge in the district may appeal from the 
report of the Stationing Committee. And the decision of 
said Committee shall be the report of the Stationing Com- 
mittee as to the question concerning which the aj^peal is 
taken. 

Also, that any minister left without an appointment may 
so appeal. 

The report of the Boundary Committee was reconsid- 
ered and item 4 was re-committed. 

The special committee on Ministerial Education made 
their report: 

Your committee appointed to inquire into the Ministerial Edtica- 
tion funds collected in North Carolina, beg leave to report: That 
the funds have been sent to beneficiaries at Yadkin College High 
School and Western Medical College. 

From the data at hand your committee cannot tell what would be 
the effect of paying- the amounts raised, for this purpose, in North 
Carolina, into the common fund of the General Confei-ence for Min- 
isterial Education. Respectfully submitted, 

COMMITTEE. 

Report was adopted. 

On motion W. C. Kennett. C' A. Cecil and D. A. Highfill 
were appointed to disburse money collected for Superan- 
nuates. 

Special Committee on Yadkin College reported : 

Whereas the genei-al interestof the church demands the settlement 
of the Yadkin C!ollege indebtedness, and whereas it is the sense of 
this Conference that we should have under our immediate control a 
school commensurate with present needs: therefore be it 

Bemlved. 1. That the one thousand dollars to be i-aised be appor- 
tioned to the varioi;s pastoral charges pro rata as the president's 
salary. 

2. That each minister be charged with the duty of faithfully jire- 
senting this chui'ch school enterprise as other special enterprises 
and of collecting the amount assessed upon his work. 

3. That all money collected for this purpose be received upon 
conditition that the school property and the church be released from 
the entii'C indebtedness. 

4. That when the indebtedness is i)aid, or at the next sitting of 
the Conference the present Board of Trustees of Yadkin College are 



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asked to convey to this Conference through a Board of Trustees 
elected by this body, the entire property there, thereafter to be un- 
der the immediate control of the annual Conference, and the trustees 
of the same to be elected by this body under such reg-ulations as 
may hereafter be enacted by the Conference. 

5. That all pledges taken by pastors be reported through Oitr 
Church Becord as soon as taken. 

6. That the next Legislature be asked to annul the chartei' of 
Yadkin College and that it be known hereafter as Yadkin High 
School. 

M. F. FOX, 

R. T. PICKENS, 

J. S. HUNTER. 

F. R. Harris presented the following- Memorial, which 
w^as referred to a special committee, viz: J. F. McCuUoch, 
T. M. Johnson, R. T. Pickens. , 

The Noi-th Carolina Annual Conference in session at Greensboro, 
N. C, Nov. 1895, prays that you will resind former action in regard 
to this Confei-ence and the Ministerial Education fund and grant to 
us that we may have the same standing before the Board of Min- 
isterial Education as if such action had never been taken. 

R. T. Pickens presented the following resolution : 

Whereas, We have been so kindly entertained during this Con- 
ference, be it 

Resolved, That the heartfelt thanks of this Conference be tendered 
to the families of this city for the cordial hospitality with which 
they have received and entertained us. 

Resolution was adopted by a rising vote. 
J. S. Williams was appointed treasurer to receive money 
for Theological Seminary. 
Conference adjourned. 



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EVENING SESSION. 

Conference called to order by the President. 
Superannuate Fund Committee reported : 

Your committee to disburse the money for Superannuates i-eports 
as follows : 

R. R. Miehaux $ 56.57 

C. F. Harris 29.86 

Miss Mattie Albright , 15.00 

Mrs. Jas. Deans, Sr 20.00 

Mrs. A. J. Laughlin 12.00 

$133.43 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. C. KENNETT, 

C. A. CECIL, 

D. A. HIGHFILL. 

T. J. Og'burn oifered this resolution: 

It is the sense of this Conference that the Christian Endeavor 
Rally should not be held during the session of the Conference. 

The Faculty made their third partial report: 

C. H. Whitaker has passed on '"The Pastor Amidst His Flock" 
and on "'Binney's Compend." 
W. D. Fogleman has passed on "Broadus." 

T. J. OGBURN, Secretai~y. 

C. L. Whitaker came before the Conference and was ex- 
cused from paying the full ten per cent, of his salary on 
his indebtedness to the Ministerial Educational Board. 

The Committee on Missions made their report : 

Your committee on Missions beg leave to report as follows : 
The missionary work of the chui-ch is the result of the direct com- 
mands Of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The church can never 
measure up to its privileg-e or duty that does not "go into all the 
world and preach the g'ospel to every creature." As a Conference 
we cannot afford to take a backward step in this work. We need 
to preach frequently on the subject, develop a more active interest 
among our people, and steadily increase our collections. 

We are glad that the missionary force in the foreign field has 



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been increased, and that among the missionaries this Conference 
iias honorable representation. AVe are glad also that the Board 
of Foreign Missions is looking toward China as a new field for 
missionary enterprise. 

We think the Children's Day service should be observed in every 
Sunday-school, and the children carefully instructed in the scrip- 
tural requirements as to missions. 

We believe the assessments of the Board should be fully met and, 
if possible, increased. It is apparent that we need soon to double 
our foi'ce in the work if we honestly intend to be obedient to the 
Master's command. We wish also to endorse the character and 
work of the secretary, who has faithfully performed all the duties 
committed to his hands. 

The Home Mission Board is constantly confronted with new and 
splendid oppoi'tunities for the extension of our work. The lack of 
funds alone prevents the Boai-d from occupying eligible and prom- 
ising fields that are constantly opening to* thp church. As we 
occupy these fields we widen our borders and strengthen our stakes. 
We must develop this work if we hope to give strength, inci-ease. 
and power to our cause. 

The Board is now embarrassed for want of funds. It has at- 
tempted to I'espond to so many calls, in the faith that the church 
would cordially co-operate in the work, that all of its obligations 
cannot now be met. We urge that the Conference consider the 
gravity of the call upon it and the needs of the work, and that it re- 
spond to the call of the Board by raising all the money that has 
been assessed upon it. 

AVe also commend the Easter olfering service, and urge that our 
preachers make an honest presentation of the character and needs 
of this great work. 

We commend the work of Secretary Stout, and assure him of our 
cordial sympathy and co-operation in the work he is so faithfully 
prosecuting. 

T. J. OGBURX, 
C. L. BROWX. 

Report adopted. 

Boundary committee presented their final report. 
Report adopted. 

Board of church extension reported: 

Amount collected from fields of labor $287.64 

Amount collected at Annual Conference 173.65 

Total in hand November 25th, 1895, $461.29 



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Disbursed as follows: 

To A. W. Lineberry, Gibsonville mission $ 92.20 

To W. A. Bunch, Burlington mission, 186.00 

To W. R. Lowdermilk, High Point mission 75.00 

To Burlington Church 42.72 

To Bethany Church, Haw River circuit 20.00 

To Liberty Church, Liberty circuit 45.37 

$461.29 
W. A. BUNCH, rjhm'n, 
T. J. OGBURN, Sec. 
B. DAVIDSON, 
W. W. AMICK. 

A report of the special committee on the memorial to 
the General Conference was adopted: 

The committee appointed to report on the resolution asking the 
Conference to memorialize the General Conference as to the relation 
of the North Carolina Annual Conference to the Board of Ministerial 
Education would report as follows:' 

We recommend the following as a substitute for the paper sub- 
mitted to us: That this Conference memorialize the Board of 
Ministerial Education to return to Revs. T. M. Johnson, J. S, 
AYilliams and W. R. Lowdermilk the money and notes received 
from them, that the money and notes may be placed at the disposal 
of those from whom the beneficiaries named received aid, inas- 
much as these notes and money were placed in the hand's of the 
Board of Ministerial Education through a misunderstanding. 

We further recoromend that this Conference recognize through a 
vote of appreciation the liberality of the Henderson brethren and 
others in conti-ibuting to the support of young men preparing for 
the ministry in North Carolina. 

•J. F. MCCULLOCH, 
T. M. JOHNSON, 
R. T. PICKENS. 

The President appointed as a committee to confer with 
a like committee from the Chrisiian church concerning 
co-operation in education: J. L. Michaux, T. J. Og-burn, 
J. F. McCuUoch, J. Allen Holt, M. F. Fox. 

The following were elected as Committee on Appeals: 
J. L. Michaux, C. A. Pickens, W. W. Amick. J. A. Spencer, 
J. E. Burrousiis. 



37 

J. S. Dunn moved that we return our thanks to the 
raUroad companies for reduced rates on their roads. Car- 
ried. 

J. S. Williams was appointed publishing committee. 

S. C. Thompson offered the following resolution: 

Seeing the need of educating the rank and tile of our church, in 
order that we may fulfill our great mission — to develop the indiuidual. 

Resolved. That we urge the pastors to look out worthy, needy 
young men and young women. 

2. That they solicit funds, to be paid to the secretary of the 
Quarterly Conference, who shall act as treasurer. 

3. That said fund shall constitute a loan fund to defray the ex- 
penses in some preparatory school of such person or persons as the 
pastor and secretary may designate. 

•4. That the persons thus aided shall pay back into said loan fund 
the principal, with interest beginning one year from date of cxuit- 
ting school in order that others may be aided. 

Adopted. 

Stationing Committee reported. Report was consid- 
ered by items, amended and adopted: 

Charge. Pastor. Post Office. 

Alamance W. F. McDowell Asheboro 

Albeinarle To be supplied 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls. . .C. A. Cecil Asheboro 

Buncombe .J. R. Savage Weaverville 

Burlington J. G. W. Hollov\-ay Burlington 

Cleveland .J. H. Moton Falstou 

Chatham W. W. Amick Liberty 

Catawba W. D. Fogleman Gastonia 

Caldwell Unsupplied 

Davidson N. M. Modlin Bunch 

Flag Springs .J. Pv. Betts Why- Not 

Flat Ftock T. .J. Ogburn Summerfield 

Forsyth .J. F. Dosier Dosier 

Greensboro .J. S. Williams Greensboro 

Gx*anville C. L. Whitaker Kittrell 

GreenvilleandSpringChurch.H. S. B. Thompson Ante, Va. 

Gibsonville A. W. Linberry Greensboro 

Guilford C. A. Pickens Lexington 

Henderson T. M. Johnson Henderson 

High Point W. Pt. Lowdermilk High Point 

Haw River C. E. M. Paper Guilford College 



38 

GJiarge. Pastor. Post Office. 

Halifax H. L. Powell Brinkley ville 

Ivy O. P. Routli Democrat 

LaGrange W. E. Swain LaGrange 

Lincoln W. F. Kennett 

Liberty J. R. Hutton Climax 

Littleton C. H. Whitaker , . .Litlleton 

Mecklenburg- I. I. York Matthews 

Monroe G. H. Austen Monroe 

Mocksville .J. N. Garrett Yadkin College 

Mt. Herman W. F. Ashburn Oakdale 

IST. Granville Wm. Porter Dabney 

Orange W. M. Pike Mebane 

Pee Dee. J. B. Tarlton Mt. Gilead 

Randleman E. A. Plyler Randleman 

Randolph G. F. Millaway Julian 

Roanoke W . L. Harris Enfield 

Saxapahaw J. D. Williams Saxapahaw 

Stanley W. C. Lassiter Plyler 

Surry W. C. Hammer Culler 

Tabernacle J. E. Hartsell Tabernacle 

Tar River W. O. Davis Whitakers 

Uwharrie J. R. Walton Thomasville 

Winston L. L. Albright Winston 

Wadesboro H. D. Garmon Peachland 

Westfield J. L. J ohnson 

Yadkin A. L. Hunter East Bend 

Superannuated— J. L. Michaux. R. R. Michaux, C. F. Harris. 

Professor at West Maryland College— S. Simpson. 

Editor op Our Church Becorcl~J. F. McCulloch. 

Left Without Appointment at thier own Request— D. A. 
Highfill, W. C. Kennett, W. T. Totten, R. R. Hanner, T. F. McCul- 
loch. 

Left in the Hands of the President — W. P. Martin, J. S. 
Dunn, R. E. Davis. 
Supernumerary on Tabernacle Circuit— J. W. Heath. 

" " LiERTY' " G. W. Bowman. 

" " Littleton " D. A. Fishel. 

" " Stanley " W. W. Russell. 

" " Guilford '' S. A. Cecil. 

On motion the consideration of the report of the Station- 



39 

ing committee was waived until tlie committee on Appeals 
could report. 

W. C. Kennett's resignation as a member of the faculty- 
was accepted. 

J. D. Williams offered the following: 

Sesolved, That the ministry in North Carolina be urged to give 
clue attention to the care of superannuated ministers. 

Adopted. 

The following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That we, the members of this Conference, tender to J. S. 
Williams, pastor of Grace church, our sincere thanks for his ear- 
nest, arduous and successful efforts to secure us the cheery and 
home-like hospitality of the families that have so kindly entertained 
us. E. A. PLYLER, 

T. J. OGBURN. 

J. S. Williams was excused from paying ten per cent, 
of his salary to the Board of Ministerial Education. 

On motion, J. L. Michaux, A. W. Lineberry, and W. F. 
Ashburn were elected fraternal messengers to the North 
Carolina- Virginia Conference of the Christian Church. 

Auditing committee reported: 

The following report shows the state of the account between the 
several beneficiaries and tliis Annual Conference: 

W. E. SWAIN. 

1894, Nov. 27th, Amount due $66.90 

1895, Cr. by cash 16.60 

Still due $50.30 

C. L. WHITAKER. 

1894, Nov. 29th, Amount due $72.11 

1895, Cr. by cash , 17.11 

Still due $55.00 

N. M. MODLIN. 

1894. Nov. 29th, Amount due $90.00 

1895, Nov. 26th, Cr. by cash 12.00 

Still due $78.00 



40 

REV. J. S. WILT.IAMS. 

1894, Nov. 26th, Amount due $187.50 

1895, Nov. 26th, Cr. by cash 50.00 

Still due $137.50 

W. F. ASHBURN. 

1894, Nov. 26th, Amount due $129.32 

1895, Cr. by cash 35.00 

Still due $ 94.32 

J. D. WILLIAMS. 

1894, Nov. 26th, Amount due $190.00 

H. S. B. THOIVIPSON. 

1894, Nov. 26th, Amount due, $40.00 

1895, Cr. by cash 27.00 

Still due $13.00 

W. O. DAVIS. 

1894, Nov. 2(ith, Amount due $86.00 

J. R. WALTON. 

1894, March 26th, Amount due $45.00 

1895, Nov. 23rd, Cr. by cash 20.60 

Still due $24.40 

J. M. SIMPSON. 

1894, Nov. 26th, Amount due $40.00 

.1. L. MICHAUX, 

G. C. HINE, 

G. B. JOHNSON. 

Minutes read, amended and approved. 
On motion Conference adjourned to meet Wednesday 
before the fourth Sunday in November. 1896. 
T. M. Johnson made the closing prayer. 



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T. F. Mcculloch. 



THE SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION 



OF THE 



North Carolina Annual Conference 



OF THE 



METHODIST PROTESTANT CHURCH, 



HELD IN 



Burlington, N. C, Nov. 18-23, 1896. 



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OF THE 



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FIRST DAY— November i8th. 

MORNING SESSION. 

The North Carolina Annual Conference of the Metho- 
dist Protestant Church convened in its seventy-first ses- 
sion in Burlington, Nov. i8, 1896, and was called to order 
at 10:30 a m. by President W. A. Bunch. 

Hymn, "And are We yet Alive," was sung. President 
Bunch read the second chapter of 2nd Peter, and led in 
prayer. 

"Nearer, My God, to Thee," was sung. Bro. J. S. Dunn 
led in prayer, and Bro. W. F. Kennett led in prayer, and 
"The Year of Jubilee" was then sung. 

On motion, reading of President's report was postponed 
till immediately afternoon. 

The bar of Conference was fixed to include all seats in 
front of stoves except center row, and one there. 

The President appointed as Committee on Credentials: 
J. S. Dunn, N. M. Modlin, John Snotherly. 

The order of the day for election of President was de- 
ferred to 10 a. m., Thursday. 

The Committee on Credentials presented the following 
partial report of delegates elected, which was adopted : 

Spring Church, Wilhe B. Crews; Albemarle, G. H. Leary; 
Greenville, I. W. Moss; Flat Rock, W. W. Hunter; Surry, \V. N. 
Brown; Granville, E. C. Harris; Ivy, J. Ed. Swaim; Tabernacle, 
J. H. Sharp; Chatham, L. L. Wren; Buncombe, Dr. J. N. Gill; 
Davidson, John Snotherly. 

The hours for meeting and adjournment were fixed as 
follows : to meet at 9:30 a. m., take a recess at 1 1 :45 a. 
m., meet at 1:30 p. m., adjourn at pleasure, meet at 7:30 
p. m., adjourn at pleasure. 



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On motion of E. C. Harris, the pastors, immediately 
after the fourth Quarterly Conference, are to certify the 
Secretary of the Annual Conference the delegates elected 
and the Annual Conference is to be organized on the cer- 
tified list made up by the Secretary. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Conference called to order at 1:30, President Bunch in 
the chair. 

Order of day was deferred 30 minutes. The following 
were elected Standing District Committee: W. W. Amick, 
Jeremiah Hunter, J. L. Michaux, W. O. Donnell, O. R. 
Cox. 

The President announced the following Committees : 

Faculty— J. F. McCulloch, W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, W. 
E. Swain, T. F. McCulloch, J. F. Dosier, W. F. Kennett, J. H. 
Stowe. 

Missions— J. L. Michaux, W. M. Pike, VV. C. Kennett, W. W. 
Hunter, J. H. Sharp. 

Colleges— W. W. Amick, W. F. Ashburn, N. M. Modlin, R. 
L. Boyles, C. P. Patterson. 

Literature — L. L. Albright, J. R. Savage, I. I. York, G. S. 
Kernodle, S. H. Satterwhite. 

Finance— W. F. Kennett, W. L. Harris, R. H. Brooks, A. J. 
Harris, G. H. Biggs. 

Temperance— C. L. Whitaker, J. F. McCulloch, J. R. Hutton, 
N. G. Bethea, Willie Crew. 

Sunday Schools— T. M. Johnson, W. F. McDowell, C. E. M. 
Raper, W. K. Hartsell, N. M Harrison. 

Boundaries — -W. C. Hammer, R. L. Cox, Dr. A. H. Redding, 
Walter Bevans, M. F. Furr. 

Pastoral Work— J. E. Hartsell, J. H. Moton. Wm. Stafford, 
G. H. Leary, S. A. Alexander. 

Ordinances — C. A. Pickens, A. N. Roberson, R. L. Cox, D. W. 
Hartis, E. C. Harris. 



Christian Endeavor — J. S. VVilliams, G. F. Millaway, C. H, 
Whitaker, G. F. Crutchfield. Dr. J. N. Gill. 

Fraternal Relations — A. W. Lineberry, T. F. McCulloch, 
E. Payne. J. W. Bobbett. 

President's Report — C. A. Cecil, W. E. Swain, W. P. Pickett, 
J. E. Swain, John Snotherly. 

Correspondence — J. N. Garrett, J. R. Betts, T. W. Moore. 

Unfinished Business — J. F. Dosier, J. T. Hancock. 

Pulpit Service — J. G. W. Holloway, R. F. Williams, N. G. 
Bethea. 

Statistics^H. S. B. Thompson, O. P. Routh. 

Conference Stewards— W. C. Lassiter, J. H. Stowe. 

Ministerial Character — C. A. Cecil, E. C. Harris. G. S. 
Kernodle. 

The Committee on Temperance presented its report 
and it was amended and adopted : 

Report of the Committee on Temperance. 

We believe the manufacture, sale, and use of intoxicating liquors 
as a beverage to be a sin. 

We do not believe that the State has the authority to license and 
thereby attempt to legalize sin. 

We recognize the liquor traffic as robbery and murder, and will 
make no terms with it, but will wage, constantly, a war of exter- 
mination upon it. 

We recommend that a Sunday as near to the fourth Sunday in 
November as practical be known as "Temperance Day," and that 
on that day pastors preach on the subject of Temperance, and in 
any other way possible assist in creating temperance sentiment. 

CLIFTON L. WHITAKER, 
N. G. BETHEA, 
W. B. CREW, 
J. F. MCCULLOCH, 
J. R. HUTTON. 

Tlie order of the day having- arrived, the President read 
his report; it was referred, and his character was passed. 



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President's Report. 

To the North Carolina Annual Conference, M. P. Church: — 

Dear Brethren, — Another year's work in the vineyard has 
been performed and we are gathered to render an account of our 
stewardship. 

Immediately after the rise of last Conference, Rev. D. A. Bras- 
well was assigned to Albemarle circuit, and Bro. R. E. Davis to 
Caldwell circuit. Bro. W. F. Kennett was released from Lincoln 
circuit in February and Bro. T. F. McCulloch assigned as pastor 
thereof. Bro. T. J. Ogburn was released from Flat Rock circuit in 
June, and Bro. W. F. Kennett assigned thereto. 

On January the 6th, Rev. C. F. Harris, D. D., passed from labor 
to reward; thus a voice which had answered the roll-call of this 
Conference for fifty-three years is now silent in the tomb. On Sep- 
tember the 23rd, Rev. S. A. Cecil was called to his reward. One by 
one are the older members of the Conference passing over the 
river to the rest on the other side. Obituaries of those brethren 
will be in readiness for presentation at this session. 

I must rely upon the pastors' reports to supply you with the 
information respecting the general condition of the work, and con- 
fine myself in this report to those interests which require more 
special consideration. 

Every part and position of the work has been viewed and consid- 
ered; not only every charge, but also nearly every church has been 
visited, except VVestfield Mission. I did not know where to find it, 
and without wishing to offer any expression of intended detriment, 
1 fear that it is principally located upon the Annual Conference 
Journal. 

I consider the district in good condition; the pastors, with but 
few exceptions, have been unusually faithful during the year; so far 
as your executive has been able to ascertain, they have been persis- 
tent in their efforts, save in the matter of reports to the president, 
which have been exceedingly meager, and most of those were made 
through the church paper. The Discipline requires reports made 
quarterly to the president by letter, and only items of general inter- 
est given to the church papers. 

I would respectfully urge a more thorough study of the Consti- 
tution and Discipline of the Church; it is the great chart of the 
Mutual Rights of the ministry and laity. On an examination, I do 



not find the Constitution and Discipline in the course of study, 
save in the short and almost informal examination of candidates 
for admission to the class. 

I would recommend that candidates for the ministry in this Con- 
ference be required to pass a full and satisfactory examination 
upon the book. 

Would further recommend that ministers from other denomina- 
tions, seeking membership in this Conference, be required to sus- 
tain a probationary relation to the Conference until they have 
passed a satisfactory examination upon the Book of Constitution 
and Discipline, and accepted the principles therein promulgated. 

The executive is frequently asked to render decisions in matters 
of law, many of which a careful study should make plain to the 
understanding of even a limited intelligence. 

No amount of literary culture or theological attainment can 
atone for an ignorance of the law of the church. 

In view of the fact that the Methodist Episcopal Church (North) 
has through some of its ministers stealthily obtained possession of 
some of our church property, and not only refuse to surrender it, 
but also seek to further their unholy and unrighteous conquest, I 
recommend that this Conference rebuke such unprincipled deeds, 
by a resolution refusing the ministers and preachers of said church 
the use of any AI. P. pulpit in the North Carolina District, until 
they relinquish said property, and prove themselves worthy of the 
recognition due even to unchristian gentlemen. This is not offered 
as a hurried freak of the imagination, but upon calm and deliber- 
ate consideration; for those who claim to be religious ought to be 
able to prove it by their works. 

Some of our border work has been supplied for years, almost 
exclusively, with unordained men, greatly to the detriment of the 
church, on account of the inability of those pastors to administer 
the ordinances. The practice should be discontinued; either or- 
dained men should be assigned to those fields, or the men assigned 
should be ordained. A resolution of this problem is a vital neces- 
sity, and I offer the following. If those charges which imperatively 
need an ordained pastor, have, in the awards of the committee, to be 
supplied with the unordained, then the unordained man, if he possess 
the requisite qualification outside the books in the course, should 
be ordained, but not elected to membership in the Conference, and 
his credentials should be granted upon the requirement, that he 



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shall complete the course within a given time or surrender said 
credentials. 

This would not vest said men with the same privileges of those 
who have been and are now being required to complete the course 
before ordination; therefore no special injustice done any one, while 
the church in some sections would be greatly blessed and strength- 
ened thereby. 

This is not offered in the interest of any man, or class of men, 
and if adopted, I would recommend special caution and prudence 
in its application. 

The outlook tor an increase of the ministerial ranks was perhaps 
nether so flattering as at the present. We have four promising 
young men at Western Maryland College, two of whom will com- 
plete the course next June, and others in the district who would be 
in college but for want of means, and still others in preparatory 
schools, not yet ready to enter college. It appears that the Lord 
has answered the prayers of the church, to send laborers into the 
vineyard. It now behooves the church to offer an earnest prayer 
to the Lord of the harvest to open the heart and purse of the 
church, that the means shall be forthcoming toeducatethose young 
men and, thus far, equip them for the great battle against the pow- 
ers of darkness. 

Church extension is one ot the most important interests of church 
work in the district, but the amount raised to prosecute the work 
is so meager, that the Board is at a loss to know whether to under- 
take any enterprise. I hope this session will be able to devise 
some means by which this branch of the service shall be greatly 
strengthened. Many doors are opening where the Board if sup- 
plied with the means could enter and accomplish great things for 
the church. Many of the country people are locating in the towns 
and cities, which are now the centers of population, and are annu- 
ally growing more so. Here the burden of the future church work 
must be accomplished. The importance of planting our church in 
those commanding centers should not be overlooked nor lightly 
considered. The city of Charlotte is an inviting field for the mis- 
sion work of this Conference; scores of our members have located 
there, and they ask for a pastoral supply the coming year. Henri- 
etta, a new, growing and prosperous town, has also attracted quite 
a number of our members, and should engage your attention. The 
authority of Albemarle circuit has purchased a church building in 



'the town of Edenton; this also will need your care. This old Albe- 
marle circuit surely is the Rip Van Winkle of to-day, not in the 
sleep, but in the awakening. Other points of importance and 
promise might be mentioned for your consideration, but only to 
report, without the means to go forward and occupy, leaving them 
to take care of themselves by going to other folds, is an idle story 
not worth telling. 

The Conference should feel especially proud of the splendid 
church extension work which has been accomplished in the recent 
past. In the past six years, we have organized societies and built 
church edifices in the towns of Greensboro. Asheboro, Liberty^ 
Burlington, Gibson ville. High Point, New London, Creswell and 
McFarland, and the way opened to and work to some extent done 
in Siler City, Yadkinville, and Pinnacle. The work accomplished 
in those towns has added more to our prestige and influence as a 
denomination than the sixty-five years' work which had preceded it. 
The work of church building has in the recent past exceeded all 
other lines of church work in the district. To give you an ade- 
quate idea of the work done, we would have to include several 
years in the estimate, as many of the buildings were more than one 
year in course of erection. In the past seven years we have built 
forty-five churches and eleven parsonages, an average of more 
than six churches and nearly two parsonages per year. Nine of 
those churches and seven of those parsonages were built in the 
towns. 

The question of boundaries is a delicate one. The Conference, 
in all boundary changes, has in view the general prosperity of the 
church as a whole. The churches immediately affected by those 
chang-es, in rtiost instances, view the matter almost entirely from 
a local standpoint. Therefore all changes are attended with more 
or less friction. The Monroe circuit was divided at the La Grange 
Conference in 1893. It paid the pastor that year $200.00. The two 
circuits last year paid the two pastors $182.92. The circuit asked 
for the division, believing, as they claimed, that it would promote 
a development of the work; this we see has proven a failure. In 
view of the number ot appointments embraced in the work, I would 
recommend that Mill Grove church be detached from Monroe cir- 
cuit and attached to Stanley circuit, and that Monroe and Wades- 
boro circuits be consolidated. There are some changes desired in 
other portions of the district, but I am not sufficiently acquainted 
therewith to offer any suggestions. 



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The work of supplying the charges with pastors, known as 
"stationing the preachers," is by far the most important work of ! 
the Conference. It affects every preacher and every member of 
their families, breaks up social relations, incurs hardship, often de- 
mands an outlay beyond the preacher's ability to meet, and in some 
instances has a strong tendency to invite the wolf to the door. The 
preacher places his fate, for the year, in the hands of the commit- 
tee. The committee should be removed from the probability of 
personal interest, and so formed that personal responsibility cannot 
be evaded. 

In the formation of this important committee, you must either 
place all the charges, as well as all the ministers and preachers, in 
the hands of the committee, or place the committee in the hands ot 
the ministers, preachers and charges. The one is pertinent, the 
other is impertinent; the one is authority to act, the other is a privi- 
lege to accept or reject overtures. 

The law of the discipline should not be defeated in allowing the 
committee to leave a charge unsupplied, in order to make room for 
a local preacher, vvho on account of his inability cannot become a 
member of the Conference. If there are good reasons why a charge 
should be left unsupplied, they should be presented to and acted 
upon by the Conference, in advance of the stationing work; and no 
such prerogative should be conferred upon the committee. 

I deem it unnecessary to make any report of or recommendation 
in respect to the Publishing House, inasmuch as the building com- 
mittee has made a full statement of past work through the Church 
Record, and the trustees will report, together with recommenda- 
tions, to this session. 

I wish to call your attention to the Methodist Protestant and 
Church Record, the church papers constituting near the entire cir- 
culation in the district. A special effort should be made to in- 
crease the circulation of these papers; we need them to educate our 
people to a proper appreciation of the church. An unintelligent 
church is a weak church, numbers to the contrary, notwithstand- 
ing. A wide circulation of these papers throughout the district 
would greatly tend to breaking down the local views and practices 
of the church, and would elevate the membership to a higher I 
Christian culture and moral tone. 

The interests of finance, missions, literature, and some others, 
are in the hands of competent committees who will be able to give 



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you the desired information respecting the same. The late Bro. 
Milton Coble, of Alamance county, bequeathed his entire estate to 
this Conference, to be used in the care of Superannuates. Prof. J. 
Allen Holt, ol Oak Ridge, is executor to the will, and a report from 
him may be expected. 

The General Conference, which met in Kansas City, the iSth of 
May last, submitted four overtures, to be acted upon by the Annual 
Conference. The full text of those overtures will be presented to 
this session in due form. 

The year's work has required about eight thousand miles of 
travel, with eight hundred letters written, The executive work has 
to be done, almost entirely, through correspondence. However 
important the executive's presence may be, he cannot comply with- 
out sacrificing his salary. To make the executive a tax collector, 
to raise his own salary, is a humiliation to the man and a grave re- 
flection upon the church, and should you accomplish nothing at 
this session except to remedy this evil, the work done will be a full 
compensation for the assembly of the Conference. 

I return my hearty thanks to the Conference and the Church 
throughout the district for their kindness and co-operation during 
the year. The great mental care and physical strain, consequent 
upon such a task as lay before me, has been materially mitigated 
and rendered a pleasant task by the Christian-hearted cordiality ex- 
tended me by pastors and people. But before all, above all, and 
beyond all, should our hearts swell with emotions of the protound- 
est gratitude to Him who said, "Lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world." May the rich blessings of the Giver of 
every good and perfect gift rest upon you, and inspire you to adopt 
such measures at this session as shall abundantly^bless the church, 
and materially extend the Redeemer's kingdom in the North Caro- 
lina District. Your fellow laborer, 

W. A. BUNCH. 

The Conference proceeded to select place of holding 
its next session. Liberty and High Point were placed 
in nomination, and High Point was selected. 

Committee on Credentials presented the following ad- 
ditional report of delegates elected : 



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Alamance, W. H, Swing; Roanoke, Walter Beavans; Mt. Her- 
mon, Wm. Stafford; Yadkin, H. T. Henning; Burlington Sta., N. 
G. Bethea; Henderson Sta., A. J. Harris; Liberty, S. A. Alexander; 
Mecklenburg, D. W. Hartis; Stanley, M. F. Furr; High Point Sta., 
W. P. Pickett; Guilford, John H. Montgomery; Peedee, J. W. Hulin; 
Orange, G. F. Crutchfield. 

The President was authorized to fix time for holding 
services in memory of Revs. C. F. Harris and S. A. 
Cecil. 

Committee on Sunday Schools presented its report 
which was adopted. 

Sunday School Committee's Report. 

We believe there ought to be a Sunday school in every commu- 
nity within reach of every child and every adult. The importance 
of this is emphasized by the fact that so many homes are deficient 
or wholly wanting in religious training. 

We commend Albemarle, Chatham, Flag Springs, Greensboro, 
Halifax, Littleton, Orange, Randleman, Yadkin College for report- 
ing more Sunday schools last year than they have churches; but 
deplore the fact that eighteen charges report fewer schools than 
they have churches; namely, Buncombe, Caldwell, Catawba, David- 
son, Forsyth, Guilford, La Grange, Liberty, Mecklenburg, Monroe, 
Randolph, Stanley, Spring Church, Tabernacle, Tar River, Wins- 
ton ct., Wadesboro, Westfield. 

We find encouragement in the fact tha+ there was an increase 
last year of twelve schools and of three hundred and ten 
scholars; also in the fact that Children's Day collections last year 
amounted to nearly sixty dollars more than the year be- 
fore. But there ought to have been at least twenty-four schools 
more to report a year ago, since there were that many churches 
reported as having no Sunday school. And there ought to have 
been at least seven thousand more scholars to report than there 
were, since we had at that time about seven thousand more church 
members than Sunday school scholars. These facts drive us to the 
conclusion that somebody has not done his duty. Let every Meth- 
odist Protestant ask himself the question: "Is it I ? " 

We recommend teachers' meetings when practical, the use of 



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6tir own literature, that pastors show a direct and active interest 
in the Sunday schools on their charge, and that Our Alorning 
Guide be used as a suitable paper for the children and young peo- 
ple. 

We call attention to item 2 of a report on Sunday schools adopt- 
ed by the last General Conference as follows: 

"We recommend that the Shorter Catechism be published in our 
Sunday school quarterlies and lesson papers in weekly installments, 
and that superintendents be required to review to their schools 
from week to week that part of the Catechism so published." 

We would also recommend that all our pastors hold circuit .Sun- 
day school conventions annually. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 

w. F. Mcdowell, 

W. K. HARTSELL, 
N. M. HARRISON. 

Bro. A. J. Harris made a motion that the Stationing 
Committee be composed of two ministers and two lay- 
men, these four to select a fifth, if necessary. 

Bro. C. A. Cecil moved to amend by adding the Presi- 
dent. 

Bro. W. C. Hammer moved as an amendment to the 
amendment, that the President be the Stationing Com- 
mittee. 

The amendment to the amendment was adopted. The 
motion as amended was then adopted. 

Conference adjourned with benediction by Bro. Savage. 



SECOND DAY— Morning Session. 

Conference opened with Scripture reading and prayer 
by Rev. J. R. Savage, Bro. W. A. Bunch presiding. 

Minutes read, amended and adopted. 

Bro. G. S. Kernodle having no credentials, and the 
pastor being absent, he was, on motion, admitted as del- 
egate. 



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On motion of W. C. Kennett, Bro. S. R. Harris was 
made an honorary member of the Conference with delib- 
erative privileges. 

Committee on Pastoral Work presented its report: 

Report of Committee on Pastoral Work. 

A great number of volumes have been written on the art of 
preaching. Lectures on homiletics have been multiplied until they 
would form a respectable library. 

But a large part of the labors of every pastor lies outside of the 
pulpit. They embrace the whole sphere of his personal intercourse 
with his flock, his care of the sick and suffering, his dealings with 
awakened or doubting or troubled souls, his organization of Chris- 
tian work, his development of the spiritual life of the church, and 
his executive oversight ot all its manifold activities. 

The importance of all that portion of a minister's work that lies 
outside of his pulpit can hardly be over-estimated. The chief ob- 
ject of the Christian ministry is to win souls to Christ. A great 
element of power with every faithful ambassador of Christ should 
be heart-power. A majority of all congregations, rich or poor, are 
reached and influenced, not so much through the intellect as 
through the affections. This is an encouraging fact, for while only 
one man in ten may have the talent to become a very great preach- 
er, the other nine, if they love Christ and love human souls, can 
become great pastors. Nothing gives a minister such heart power 
as personal acquaintance with, and personal attention to, those 
whom he aims to influence, for everybody loves to be noticed. 
Especially is personal sympathy welcome in seasons of trial. A 
pastor should make himself at home in everybody's home ; let him 
come often and visit their sick rooms, and kneel beside their empty 
cribs, their broken hearts, and pray with them. Let him go to 
those in his congregation who have suffered reverses and give 
them a word of cheer; let him be quick to recognize the poor, and 
the children — and he will weave a cord around the hearts of his 
people that will stand a prodigious pressure. Even his inferior 
sermons will be kindly condoned, and he can tell his hearers of 
their faults and they will not take offence. He will have won their 
hearts to himself, and that is a great step towards drawing them to 
the house of God, and winning their souls to Christ. 



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"A house-g-oing minister," said Chalmers, "makes a church- 
going people." The chief end of a minister's labors is to awaken 
the careless, to warn the endangered, to comfort the sorrowing, to 
help the weak, and to edify the believers ; in short, to make bad 
people good, and good people better. Preaching strong gospel 
sermons is one of the most efficient means to this end ; but it is not 
the only means. Outside of the pulpit every messenger of Christ 
can come to close quarters with each individual soul, and preach 
eye to eye. 

If the shepherd can only save the sheep by going after them, 
then woe be unto him if he neglect his duty. 

It has been said, with some good degree of truth, that "as many 
souls are won to Jesus Christ outside of the pulpit as in the 
pulpit." We believe that if many a minister would take part of the 
time that he now spends in polishing his discourses, or in miscel- 
laneous studies, and would devote it to pastoral visitation, he 
would have larger congregations, and a larger number of conver- 
sions to Christ. Every pulpit needs to be vitalized by close con- 
tact with living people, rather than with lifeless books; and the 
best practical discourses are those which the congregation help 
their minister to prepare. 

By constant and loving intercourse with individuals of his flock, 
he becomes acquainted with their peculiarities, and thus enlarges 
his knowledge of human nature, which is second only to a knowl- 
edge ot God's word. 

It is possible for every herald of the gospel who loves his Master, 
loves his Bible, loves his fellow-men, and who hungers to win souls 
to the Saviour, to be a good pastor, if he honestly aims to become 
one. The Lord Jesus Christ, in this respect as in every other, is 
our model. "I am the Good Shepherd; the shepherd knoweth His 
sheep; He calleth all His sheep by name." 

J. E. HARTSELL, 
S. A. ALEXANDER, 
WM. STAFFORD, 
J. H. MOTON, 
G. H. LEARY. 

The order of the day having arrived, Conference pro- 
ceeded to elect its officers. 



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On first ballot, Rev. Walter A. Bunch was re-elected 
President, and Rev. Clifton L. Whitaker, Secretary. 

On motion by Rev. T. M. Johnson the Secretary was 
authorized to appoint his own assistant. Bro. A. J. Har- 
ris was appointed. 

Report of Committee on Pastoral Work was adopted. 

The Overtures from General Conference were present- 
ed, and considered by items. 

(1.) Overture. 

Whereas, The General Conference of 1892 sent to the Annual 
Conferences an overture touching the eligibility of women to the 
office ot elder and as representatives to General Conference; and, 

Whereas, The overture has practically been disregarded and 
ignored in some instances because of the form in which it was pre- 
sented, leaving the question of eligibility of women still undeter- 
mined; therefore. 

Resolved, In order to settle the question beyond dispute, that the 
President and Secretary of this General Conference be and they are 
hereby instructed to send down to the various Annual Conferences, 
before their next session, the following overture, to be substituted 
for the tirst sentence of item 2, Article VIII. of the Constitution: 

1. "The General Conference shall consist of an equal number of 
ministers, either male or female, and lay representatives, either 
men or women." 

2. Resolved, That women be made eligible to the order of elder 
in the church. J. T. MURRAY. 



(2 ) Overture to Seat Presidents of Christian Endeav- 
or Societies in Quarterly Conferences. 

Item 43 of report of Judiciary Committee. 

We recommend the following overture: To amend Article VI., 
Section i, of the Constitution as follows: Insert the words "Presi- 
dents of Christian Endeavor Societies" after "Sabbath School Su- 
perintendents." 



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(3.) Overture to Elect Stewards. 

Item 2, report of Judiciary Committee. 

Shall the third paragraph under head of "Station and Circuit 
Stewards," be changed so as to read: "The station and circuit 
stewards shall be elected annually in the stations by the qualified 
members, including ministers and preachers, and in the circuits 
and missions by societies, each society electing its own stewards, 
provided that each society shall have at least one steward?" 



(4) Overture. 

Resolved, That an overture be sent down to the Conferences, 
requesting them to authorize a change in Article VIII., Section i, 
so as to read: "There shall be a General Conference of this Church 
on the third Friday in May, in the year of our Lord 1900, and on 
the third Friday in May in every sixth year thereafter, in such 
place as the Conference may determine." 

F. T. TAGG, 
BENJAMIN STOUT, 
W. A. BUNCH, 
L. W. BATES. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The first, second and third Overtures were approved; 
the fourth, rejected. 

The Committee on Credentials reported the following 
delegates duly elected to this Conference : 

Winston, C. P. Patterson; Uwharrie, B. C. Payne; Flag Springs, 
Henry Bean; Cleveland, A. H. Towery; Asheboro and Cedar Falls, 
Dr. A. H. Redding; Randleman, W. K. Hartsell; Catawba, A. M. 
Howard; Winston Sta., C. S. Hampton; Randolph, A. G. Hough; 
Haw River, G. S. Kernodle; Lincoln, R. L. Boyles; Mocksville, N, 



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A. Orrell; Greensboro Sta., R. H. Brooks; Saxapahaw, A. N. Rob- 
erson; Gibsonville, B. Davidson; North Granville, S. H. Satter- 
white; Littleton, J. W. Bobbitt; Halifax, N. M. Harrison. 

Miss Mamie Johnston was elected by Conference to 
represent Tar River in this Conference. 

It is made the Order of the Day, 2:30 P. M., Friday, 
for the meeting of the Local Missionary Society of the 
N. C. Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant 
Church. 

On motion, the chair was authorized to appoint the 
Committee on Ministerial Character. 

On motion, a committee on Orphan Asylum was or- 
dered. The President appointed as that committee, T. 
M. Johnson, G. F. Millaway, and John Snotherly. 

The report of Committee on Finance was presented, 
amended and adopted: 

Report of Committee on Finance. 

Your Committee on Finance would report as follows : 

1st. We are gratified to believe that reports to this Conference 
will show increased contributions to the cause of Foreign Missions, 
God has seen fit to call two of our brethren to the foreign field — 
one of whom is now at the head of our work in Japan. The Lord 
of the harvest has also through the General Conference called one 
of our members to the responsible position of Secretary of the 
Board of Foreign Missions. 

We would urge all our people to go forward in this noble and 
unselfish work of giving the heathen to Christ for an inheritance, 
and may our contributions to this cause continue to increase from 
year to year until we come up to the full measure of our responsi- 
bility. 

2nd. While we cannot overestimate the importance of Foreign 
Missions, we should not underestimate the cause of Local Missions. 
It is our imperative duty to extend the borders of our own Confer- 



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ence. Many open doors are now before us, and our success in 
entering- the towns and villages in the past few years should stimu- 
late us to greater effort. We now point with pride to Greensboro, 
Asheboro, High Point, Burlington and other places. We recom- 
mend that special attention be given to this work of church exten- 
sion, believing that we should soon be represented in many of the 
centers of population where we are as yet comparatively unknown, 
3rd. We feel constrained to call the attention of this Conference 
to the responsibility of caring for our Superannuates and the wid- 
ows of deceased ministers and their families. We have men who 
have borne the heat and burden of the day — men who have wrought 
long and well in the ranks of our itinerancy. Some of these have 
already been superannuated and others must of necessity become 
so soon. We deem it a sacred duty devolving upon our church 
to care for these men of God, who have been compelled to toil, on 
small salaries, and have by their labors so advanced the cause of 
Methodist Protestantism in North Carolina as to make it possible 
lor the younger members of this body to receive a more comforta- 
ble support. 

a. We recommend, therefore, that each pastor be r^^wzV^^ — not 
requested — to present this cause to all the churches under his 
charge and receive such contribution to this cause as he may induce 
them to make. 

b. We make these recommendations not in advocacy ot charity, 
but prompted by a sense of justice toward these brethren for their 
faithfulness and usefulness to our church, and believing that to 
leave them uncared for is a crying shame upon us and our peo- 
ple. 

4rd. We recommend that all the other general interests receive 
that attention which the general rules of the church require, and 
which every faithful pastor should give, believing that none should 
be neglected. 

5th. We do not recommend any definite assessment per capita 
for these general interests as our observation leads us to believe 
such assessments do not, in the least, affect the contributions. 

6th. A.S to pastors' salaries, we recommend greater care in the 
selection of stewards, believing that when the finances of our church 
are placed in the hands of intelligent, consecrated business men, 
the greater part of the financial trouble will have been eliminated 
trom our church work. 



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7th, We recommend that the 

portioned as follows : 

Ashboro, Cedar Falls. . .$25.00 

Albemarle 15.00 

Alamance 3S-oo 

Buncombe 25.00 

Burlington 7.50 

Catawba 18.00 

Chatham 15.00 

Caldwell 5.00 

Cleveland 27.00 

Davidson 30.00 

Flat Rock 35.00 

Flag Springs 25.00 

Forsythe 25.00 

Granville 30.00 

Guilford 25.00 

Greenville 20.00 

Gibsonville 10,00 

Greensboro Station 15.00 

Halifax 3000 

Henderson Station 27.50 

Haw River 35 0° 

High Point 10.00 

Ivy 18.00 

Littleton 18.00 

LaGrange 20.00 



president's salary be $1000.00 ap- 

Liberty $25.00 

Lincoln 27.00 

Mocksville 20.00 

Mecklenburg 20.00 

Monroe 8.00 

Mt. Hermon 35 00 

North Granville. 30.00 

Orange 25.00 

Pee Dee 10.00 

Randolph 22.50 

Roanoke 20.00 

Randleman, Worthville. 20.00 

Saxapahaw 15.00 

Surry 20.00 

Stanley 20.00 

Spring Church 10 00 

Tabernacle 35oo 

Tar River 15.00 

Uvvharrie 22.00 

Winston Station 15.00 

Winston Circuit 30.00 

Westheld 2.00 

Wadesboro 7.00 

Yadkin 10.00 



W. F. KENNETT. 
ANDREW J. HARRIS, 
R. H. BROOKS, 

Committee. 



On motion of E. C. Harris, the District is assessed 
$500.00 for superannuates, apportioned in same ratio as 
for President's salary. 

Memorial from Mecklenburg circuit referred to Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

On motion roll of circuits was called and pastors re- 
ported amount collected on Yadkin Colleg-e debt. 

It was made the order of the day for 7:30 P. M. Satur- 
day, to hear the Secretary of f^oard of Foreign Missions, 
and consider the interest represented by him. 

Memorial from Albemarle circuit was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 



II 



Conference adjourned with benediction by Rev. W. C. 
Hammer. 



EVENING SESSION. 



The President called the Conference to order. The 
choir sang "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name." Bro. 
G. F. Millaway led in prayer. Choir sang, "Take My 
Life, etc." 

It being the order of the day. Rev. T. M. Johnson 
opened the discussion of the "Polity of the Methodist 
Protestant church," others following. 

Conference adjourned with benediction by Rev. J. R. 
Savage. 



THIRD DAY— Morning Session. 

The President called Conference to order at 9:30. 

Religious exercises were conducted by Rev. C. E. M. 
Raper. 

Minutes read, amended, and approved. 

On motion, all letters addressed to Conference referred 
without reading to Committee on Correspondence. 

The recommendation from Flat Rock, of Bro H. J. 
Hartsell to the care of the Board of Ministerial Education, 
was approved. 

The undersigned wish, with all deference to the contrary views 

of others, to put themselves on record as opposed to the ordination 

of women in the Methodist Protestant Church. 

J. L. MICHAUX, 

C. A. PICKENS, 

U. A. HIGHFILL. 

Committee on Presidents report made its report and it 
was approved. 



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Committee on President's Report. 

We have had under consideration the report of the President for 
the past ecclesiastical year, and present thereon the following re- 
marks : 

1st. We are gratified to learn that the District is in a healthy, 
growing and hopeful condition. 

2nd. We commend to the consideration of our brethren, both 
clerical and lay, the great importance of making a study of the 
Constitution and Discipline ot the Methodist Protestant Church. 

3rd. As regards the matter of ordaining to the ministry such 
persons as have not stood an approved examination in accordance 
with Conference requirement, the suggestion does not meet our 
approval, for reasons which we can only hint at in so brief a paper. 
The disciplinary regulation, intended to apply to exigencies of the 
kind mentioned, is found on page 71 , and to this we call attention, 
be'ieving that it would be unwise to adopt a practice which might 
react at another time to our detriment. 

4th. We are pleased also to note that so large a number of 
houses of worship have been built in a comparatively short time, 
and that open doors are found for our ministers in so large a num- 
ber of places. 

5th. The matter of boundaries, as contained in the President's 
report, we commend to the consideration of the Boundary Com- 
mittee. 

C. A. CtCIL, 

J. L. MICHAUX, 
W. P. PICKETT, 
J. E. SWAIN, 
JOHN SNOTHERLY. 

The report of the Committee on Ordinances was pre- 
sented and approved : 

Report of Committee on Ordinances 

The ordinances of the church, as instituted by Christ, are Baptism 
and the Lord's Supper. 

They are not only badges, or tokens of Christian men's profes- 
sion, but rather they are certain signs of grace and God's will to- 



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ward us. by which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only 
quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our faith in Him. 

In our baptism we publicly confess before men that we put on 
Christ Jesus, and that we are dead unto the world and alive unto 
Christ. It is not only a sign of profession and mark of difference 
whereby Christians are distinguished from others that are not bap- 
tized, but it is also a sign of regeneration, or new birth. 

The Master says. "Go teach, baptizing them." When we exam- 
ine this Scripture we see how closely the teaching and baptism arc 
connected. Is not baptism a part of the teaching ? 

We quote from the Methodist Protestant of November 12, 1896: 
"The Methodist Protestant church teaches and endorses infant 
baptism, and for reasons that are rational, scriptural, and satisfac- 
tory." We recommend our ministers to teach and urge parents to 
dedicate their children to God by the ordinance of baptism, and to 
keep their vow and covenant made, thus training them up in the 
church to the higher duties of the same. 

The Lord's Supper.— We are taught in the scripture, and it is 
held in our Book of Discipline, that the supper ot the Lord is not 
only a sign that Christians ought to have among themselves ot the 
love of the one to the other, but rather is an ordinance of our re- 
demption by Christ's death. By this ordinance we keep in memory 
Him that loved us, and gave His life a ransom for us. He said, 
"This do, in remembrance of me." As a church we hold that the 
Lord's Supper is a means of grace. We therefore recommend that 
this means of grace be used in accordance with our Book of Dis- 
cipline on this subject. ^ ^ PICKENS. 

E. C. HARRIS. 
D. W. HARTIS, 
R. L. COX. 



A letter from Rev. J. H. Totten to this Conference and 
his credentials were referred to the Committee on Itin- 
eracy and Orders. 

The report of Committee on Ministerial Character was 
taken up and the charactei:s of the following brethren 
passed: - - " 



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C. A. Cecil. J. R. Betts, O. P. Routh. G. F. Millaway W O 
Davis. C. H. Whitaker. J. B. Tarlton. C. A. Pickens. T. M. John^ 
son. Wm. Porter. W. C. Lassitcr. J. N. Garrett. W. F. Ashburn 
W. F. Kennett. J. R. Hutton, T. F. McCuiloch. J. D. Williams T 
J. Ogburn. J. E. Hartsell. I. I. York. C. L. Whitaker. W W Amick' 
W. D. Fogleman. J. R. Savage. E. A. Plyler, L. Hunter C E m' 
Raper, H. L. Powell. H. S. B. Thompson. J. H. Stowe. D. A Bras- 
well. N. M. Modlin. J. H. Moton, J. G. W. HoUoway. W W Rus- 
sell. W. M. Pike. J. F. Dosicr. W. F. McDowell. J. R. Walton R 
E. Davis. L. L. Allbright. H. D. Garmon. Dr. A. W. Lineberry J 
L. M.chaux, J. S. Dunn. R. R. Michaux. Prof. S. Simpson J w' 
Heath. W.C. Kennett. W. L. Harris. G. H. Austin, R. R. Hanner" 
W. T. Totten, D. A. Fishell. G. W. Bowman. J. F. McCulIoch g' 
E. Hunt, D. A. Highfill. W. R. Lowdermilk. W. C. Hammer. 

The report of the Committee on Literature was pre- 
sented, amended, and adopted as follows : 

Your Committee on Literature beg leave to report : 

We believe that all of our people realize the great importance of 
our literature; that our ministers appreciate fully its helpfulness- 
and that it is useless to argue in its behalf. 

We, therefore, affirm that none but our own literature should be 
used m our Sunday schools, and we recommend that our statistical 
blanks be so arranged as to show the percentage of Sunday schools 
using our own literature. 

We. appreciating alike the ability and efficiency of both of our 
general organs, recommend that every member of our denomina- 
tion who is able, should subscribe for TA, Methodist Protestant 
and The Methodist Recorder, that he may be in touch with our 
entire denomination. If unable to subscribe for two, we leave the 
matter for individual discretion. 

We acknowledge our gratitude to Rev. J. F. McCuiloch for sup 
plying a long-felt need by publishing at great personal sacrifice a 
paper devoted to the interests of our denomination in North Caro- 
lina; we again pledge our faithful assistance in his noble effort. 

In conclusion we would rejoice, with others interested, in the 



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progress of the building to be erected in Greensboro for the publi- 
cation of Our Church Record; we would also, as a Conference, 
return grateful thanks to those who have so nobly contributed to 

the same. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. L. ALBRIGHT. 

I. I. YORK, 

G. S. KERxNODLE, 

J. R. SAVAGE, 

S. H.SATTERWHITE, 

Committee. 

The following resolution was approved : 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to report 
what each tield has done toward paying the Yadkin College in- 
debtedness, and that they report to-morrow A. M., immediately 
after opening. J. S. Williams, W. F. Ashburn, and C. H. Whita- 
ker were appointed as the committee. 

It was made the order of the day for 10:30 A. M., Sat- 
urday, to consider the interests of Burlington church. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

It is ordered that a Committee of three be appointed to 
look after and report upon the needs of our church in 
Asheville. 

On motion the Conference was to elect the chairman 
of the Committee, and the President of Conference was 
elected. Rev. J. R. Savage and Dr. J. N. Gill were ap- 
pointed as the other members. 

It is further decided that the Committee report to next 
Conference. 

A committee to audit the Ministerial Education Fund 
was ordered. The President appointed as committee J. 
E. Hartsell. W. W. Amick, E. C. Harris, 



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It is decided that the next session of Conference con- 
vene Wednesday after the 3rd Sunday in November, 1897. 
Tlie following" resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That any pastor failing to attend Sub-district Confer- 
ence, is required to report to the Sub-district Conference. 

The following resolution is approved : 

Whereas, the principles of our church polity are too little 

known to be properly appreciated, be it 

Resolved, That our pastors be urged to teach 'the people these 

principles. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 

J. N. GILL. 

It being the Order of the Day for the N. C. Local Mis- 
sionary Society to meet, the Conference took a recess. 

Bro. Benj. Stout, Corresponding Secretary and Treas- 
urer of Board of Home Missions, was introduced to the 
Conference. 

Order of Day for 7 P. M. to-night deferred to hear Bro. 
Stout at that hour. Bro. V. Y. Boosen, pastor of a Lu- 
theran church, was introduced to Conference. 

Report of Committee on C. E, Societies introduced and 
approved: 

The reports of the pastors in Our Church Record during the 
past year clearly demonstrate two important facts: 

1. Where there is a Christian Endeavor Society there is more 
attention given to the premises and to the neatness of the church 
within. The needed repair? are given prompt attention, and in 
almost every case the existence of a society is inferred by the abso- 
lute tidiness of the church furniture and the presence of flowers 
and many tokens of church love. 

2. Many of ♦he pastors report that the churches having C. E. 
Societies have the best revivals. The church as organi7.ed into a 
C. E. Society is best equipped for revival work, simply because its 



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members are organized, whereas, without a society, they are not 
organized. 

There is another fact for our consideration: Christian En- 
deavor is training our young men and young women, and even the 
children, into church work. 

The church has been alarmed at a threatened dearth of young 
men to lead in prayer or to conduct a public service, and has been 
grieved at the fact that the Class Meeting has gone out of use. 
But in the C. K. Society we have something that is better than the 
Class Meeting, because it deals so largely with \he young people. 

To these facts : i. Every attention given to the repairs and 
neatness of the church house. 2. Better revivals. 3. More and 
better equipped workers for the church, add the possibility of more 
liberal giving to church enterprises; a more intelligent church life; 
a larger number of young men for the ministry; finally, a complete 
salvation of our young people to Jesus Christ and to His work; it 
is evident that no church can afford to he without a live C. E. 
Society. 

Therefore we urge that a Society be organized in everv church 
during the coming year. 

To this end we recommend that the President of this Conference 
with the aid of our State Christian Endeavor President, appoint a 
Christian Endeavor superintendent for each sub-district, the duty 
of said superintendent to be ( i) to organize circuit and district 
unions; (2) to see that at least a district rally is held within the 
year; (3) to remind each society to pay the fifty cents asked by the 
State E.xecutive Con. mittee for current expenses; (4.) to bring before 
the Societies the time and place for State and National conven- 
tions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J, S. WILLIAMS, 

C. H. WHITAKER, 

J. N. GILL. 

G. F. CRUTCHFIELD, 

Coinmittee. 

Rev. T. J. Ogburn, Corresponding Secretary of Board 
of Foreign Missions, was introduced to Conference. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. Benediction by 
Rev. T. M. Johnson. 



EVENING SESSION. 

It being the order of day, Rev. B. Stout, Corresponding 
Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Home Missions, ad- 
dressed the Conference, and took a collection of $58.52. 

Conference adjourned with Long Meter Doxology, 
and benediction by Rev. B. Stout. 



FOURTH DAY— Morning Session. 

The President called Conference to order. Religious 
exercises conducted by Rev. D. A. HighfiU. 

Minutes Tead and approved. 

Committee on Colleges presented its report, which was 
tabled. 

Rev. D. A. Betts, of the M. E. Church, South, was in- 
troduced to the Conference. 

The order of the day having arrived, Conference went 
into consideration of the interest of the Burlington church. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 



On motion, W. C. Bain, J. S. Hunter, J. A. Holt and A. 
M. Rankin were made honorary members of Conference. 

Special committee on Yadkin College debt reported. 

It was ordered that the Publishing House Interest be 
the order of day for 2:30 P. M. to-day. 

Report of the committeeon Orphan Asylum is approved: 

Report of Committee on the Oxford Orphanage. 

Believing as we do that the work done by the Orphan Asylum, 
situated at Oxtord, N. C, in caring for more than two hundred 
boys and girls of various denominations by providing them with 



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shelter, food and clothing; by affording them most excellent educa- 
tional advantages; by teaching them habits of industry and in 
some instances a useful trade; by exerting over them a strong re- 
ligious but non-denominational influence — believing this most 
excellent work shouhl be recognized and encouraged in some ma- 
terial way by this Conference, therefore 

1. We recommend that pastors urge each Sunday school and 
Christian Endeavor Society on their various charges to make a 
thank offering for the orphans on or as near as possible to Thanks- 
giving Day. 

2. We recommend that the preachers and lay members of this 
Conference and of the Methodist Protestant Church acquaint them- 
selves with the work of the institution by reading The Orphan s 
Friend, and when at all convenient by visiting the asylum. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 
G. F. MILLAWAY, 
JOHN SNOTHERLY. 

Letters from Bros. Dosier, G. W. Bowman and G. E. 
Hunt were referred to the Stationing Committee. 

Letter from Dr. Tagg was referred to the committee on 
Literature. 

Report of committee on Fraternal Relations was pres- 
ented and approved: 

Report of the Committee on Fraternal Relations. 

1. We have had, in this Conference, Rev. F. P. Flemming, ot 
the Western North Carolina Conference of the Christian Church. 
He bears the brotherly cheer and greetings of his Conference to our 
Conference. This exchange of brotherly feelings has a tendency 
to bind the different denominations more closely together, and con- 
centrate their efforts to destroy the evils of the land, and to build 
up the Kingdom of Christ in the world. We trust that this Con- 
ference will reciprocate these greetings by appointing messengers 
to their annual gathering. 

2. We, also, have had in our midst the Secretary of the Board 
o{ Home Missions, in the person of Rev. Benjamin Stout, who not 
only entertained the Conference and the congregation with a most 



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excellent address on the subject of Home Missions; but also enter- 
tained this body for a time in delivering the fraternal greetings of 
his (West Virginia) Conference to this body These greetings we 
heartily accept, and would authorize the Secretary to bear like 
greetings from this body to his own Conference. 

A. W. LINEBERRY, Chmn. 

The following resolution was introduced and approved: 

Whereas, The last annual session of this body made a report 
on the American Bible Society, commending it to our people and 
requiring collections to be taken in aid of that noble and deserving 
enterprise; therefore resolved, that we reaffirm the action of last 
Conference with regard to the American Bible Society. 

J. L. MICHAUX. 

A committee to receive and disburse the Superannuate 
Funds was appointed as follows: C. A. Cecil, J. S. Dunn, 
W. C. Hammer. 

On motion, a committee on Appeals was ordered elect- 
ed. The following were elected: J. L. Michaux, C. A. 
Cecil, W. N. Brown, A. J. Harris, W. L. Harris. 

On motion of Rev. J. L. Michaux, the case of Mrs. J. G. 
Whitfield was recommended to the consideration of the 
committee to disburse Superannuate Funds. 

Rev. J. F. McCulloch was appointed Committee on 
Publication of Minutes, and to receive money collected 
for same. 

Bro. C. H. Whitaker presented claims of Littleton and 
its prospect for the M. P. Church, and the following com- 
mittee was appointed to take into consideration the same: 
Pastor of Littleton, J. PL Harrison, J. W. Bobbitt, and, if 
needed, they to appoint two others. 

Bros. Holt and Clapp, of the Christian Church, were 
introduced to Conference. 

Report of Trustees of Publishing House presented and 
approved: 



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Greensboro, N. C, Nov. i6, 1896. 

To the North Carolina Annual Conference of the Methodist 
Protestant Church, to convene at Burlington, Nov. i8th. 

Dear Brethren: — On behalf of the Board ot Trustees of the Meth- 
odist Protestant Publishing House, we, the Committee appointed 
for the purpose, beg to submit to your body the first annual report, 
as provided in the charter of the Publishing House. 

Pursuant to call, a meeting was held in this city for the purpose 
of defining a plan of organization, and considering the interests of 
the enterprise. There were present a sufficient number of the con- 
tributors to represent a large proportion of the amount which had 
been pledged, and these held the proxies ot others, so that, at this 
meeting, there was represented, in all, the greater part of the 
amount which it was proposed to raise ($5000.00). It was decided 
that the enterprise should take the form of a regular corporation, 
to be managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of nine members; 
that this Board of Trustees should he elected, in the first place, 
by the contributors; that they should hold office so long as they 
should remain members in good standing of the Methodist Protes- 
tant Church in North Carolina, unless they should remove from 
the State for permanent residence; and in the event of a vacancy 
by reason of death, or from any other cause, the vacancy should 
be filled bv thj remaining members of the Board, but all such elec- 
tions, as well as the first held for the original Board, should be 
subject to the approval of your body. The following were elected 
Trustees : Revs. T. J. Ogburn and T. M. Johnson, and F. R. 
Harris, O. R. Co.x, \V. P. Pickett, J. S. Hunter, J. C. Roberts, J. 
Norman Wills, and the President of the North Carolina Confer- 
ence, ex officio. 

It was also ordered that the Treasurer of the Building Fund give 
a good and sufficient bond for the faithful performance of his 
duties. 

A Building Committee consisting of O. R. Cox, J. S. Hunter, and 
J. Norman Wills was appointed, with instructions to purchase a 
lot, and to proceed with the building as soon as the receipts were 
sufficient to justify floing sc. 

In accordance witli tlie action of this meeting application was 
duly marie to the Clerk of the .Superior Court of Guilford county 
for a charter, which was duly granted by the Secretary of State. 
In this charter it is expressly provided that the enterprise is to be 



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controlled by the Trustees for the benefit of the Methodist Protes- 
tant Church in North Carolina, and every safeguard has been 
thrown around the enterprise so that it shall never be diverted 
from the original purpose. 

The charter having been granted, a meeting was held on July 
31, to formally organize the company. The nine Trustees, hereto- 
fore named, were elected directors. The following officers were 
elected : O. R. Cox, President, F. R. Harris, Vice-President, J. 
Norman Wills, Secretary and Treasurer. It was ordered that the 
Treasurer give a satisfactory bond for the faithful performance of 
his duties. A committee was appointed to draft by-laws. 

The Trustees met in annual session on Friday, November 13th. 
Eight of the nine directors were present, or were represented by 
proxies. The officers previously elected were re-elected for the 
ensuing year, and it was ordered that they serve without salary. 

The Building Committee reported that they had purchased a 
most desirable lot for the sum of $3,300, and had made wall and 
stairway contracts of a very advantageous nature, and that plans 
were in course of preparation. 

The Treasurer reported as follows : 
Total receipts to date $3 765.22 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

Paid for lot $3 300 00 

Paid interest on deferred payment 49 50 

Paid fees. Secretary of State 7 50 

Paid attorney's fee 10 00 

Paid W. L. Grissom for )A interest in wall . . 385 00 3 752 00 

Balance on hand $ 13 22 

The soliciting committee reported that the subscriptions to date 
amount to $4,872.09, of which $3,765.22 has been paid in. They 
desire that your body take the necessary and proper stejjs to so in- 
crease the amount of pledges that they will have in sight a suffi- 
cient amount to erect and complete the building. They are aware 
that the cost of the building will be somewhat in excess of the 
amount originally contemplated. But their plans have enlarged, 
and the building which they now propose to erect will be much 
more creditable and much more fitted, not only for the use of the 
publishing interests, but for commercial purposes, than the one 
which could have been erected for the original amount, thus prom- 
ising increased revenue. 



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We feel that the church has every reason to be encouraged over 
the success which has attended the efforts to provide for the main- 
tenance of her publishing interests. The lot which we have secured 
is one of the best in the city — certainly the best that is available. 
By the wall contracts we have made a clear saving of $950.00, in- 
cluding what we have saved on sewerage connection, besides hav- 
ing acquired ground to the value of about $180.00, making a total 
advantage which we have gained of $1,130.00. 

The ground is now being cleared for the building, and we sin- 
cerely trust that such an impetus may be given to the enterprise as 
to insure uninterrupted progress, and the completion of the build- 
ing at an early date. Not only for the good of our church paper 
is it desirable that there be no unnecessary delay, but for the moral 
effect upon the community, before which our church is now on 
trial. 

J. NORMAN WILLS. 

J. F. Mcculloch, 

W. A. BUNCH. 

Cotnmittee. 

The following' resolution was presented and approved : 

" Whereas, It may become necessary in the conduct to a success- 
ful issue of the building interests of the Publishing House to raise 
ready cash, and 

Whereas, The Committee on Building are not willing to con- 
tract any permanent debt; theretore be it 

Resolved, That the Building Committee are hereby authorized to 
raise any ready cash that may be necessary by hypothecating any 
existing rent contract or pledge for future payment to said fund, 
but it is expressly understood that this does not authorize any debt 
to be secured by mortgage on real estate. 

A. J. HARRIS, 
R. H. BROOKS, 
L. L. ALBRIGHT. 

Bro. T. M. Johnson, on motion, solicited additional 
pledges for Publishing- House, and secured $441.50. 

First partial report of Examining Board was presented 
and approved: 



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Brothers A. L. Hunter, J. D. Williams, and C. H. Whitaker are 
recommended for ordination and election to membership in the 
Conference. 

J. F. Mcculloch, 

Secretary. 

The Committee to disburse Superannuate Fund re- 
ported, and its report is approved: 

R. R. Michaux $ 43 49 

Mrs. C. F. Harris 2000 

Mrs. James Deans, Sr., 20 00 

Mrs. A. J. Laughlin 10 00 

Mrs. Whitfield 25 00 

$ 118 49 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. A. CECIL, 

W. C. HAMMER, 

J. S. DUNN. 

Report of Committee on Boundaries presented, con- 
sidered by items and adopted: 

Your Committee on Boundaries beg leave to submit the follow- 
ing, viz: 

1. That Plymouth and Edenton be detached from Albemarle 
circuit, and be constituted a mission to be known as Plymouth and 
Edenton mission, and recommend that the Board of Church Exten- 
sion appropriate the sum of one hundred dollars thereto. 

2. That the city of Charlotte and Henrietta be constituted a 
Mission and that the President be empowered, if he thinks best, to 
make two missions. We would also recommend an appropriation 
of one hundred dollars thereto. 

3. That Mill Grove be detached from Monroe and attached to 
Stanley. 

4. That Monroe and Wadesboro be united and known by the 
name of Wadesboro. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. C. HAMMER, 
W. BEAVANS, 
MARTIN F. FURR, 
R. L. COX, 
A. H. REDDhNG, 

Comtnittee. 



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On motion, Bros. J. S. Williams and W. O. Davis came 
before Conference and, for cause, were released from pay- 
ing one-tenth of their salary on their debt to Board of 
Ministerial Education. 

Rev. J. L. Michaux was appointed Committee to receive 
and forward money collected for American Bible Society. 

On motion, conference adjourned. Benediction by Rev. 
Wm. Porter. 



EVENING SESSION. 



Rev. T. J. Ogburn addressed the Conference on Foreign 
Missions. Freewill offering for same, $28.60. 



FIFTH DAY— Sunday. 

The brethren elected to Elders' Orders on Saturday 
were introduced immediately after the sermon, Sunday 
morning, and ordained by Pres. W. A. Bunch, assisted 
by Revs. J. F. McCuUoch and Clifton L. Whitaker. 

Sunday afternoon, at 2:30, memorial services of Rev. 
C. F. Harris, D. D., and Rev. S. A. Cecil were held, and 
the obituaries prepared by the committees were read 
and approved. 



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;^E;nORlAL or REV. CICERO E. HARRIS, D. D. 

HIS PARENTAGE. 

He was the son of Rev. Willis and Sallie D. Harris, and was 
born in Granville county, North Carolina, Feb. 27th, 1821. Both 
his father and mother were of English descent, but we are unable 
to trace back their ancestry. 

His father was one of the earliest Methodist Protestant preachers; 
and at his house was the first religious meeting, of our branch of 
the church, ever held in the State of North Carolina. He was said 
to have been a racy and incisive preacher, and so impressed his 
hearers as to set them to thinking and talking about his utterances 
from the pulpit. On one occasion after he had preached at a cer- 
tain place in Guilford county, a minister residing in the neighbor- 
hood and of another denomination, made an appointment, and 
preached an opposing sermon in his presence. The Rev. Harris 
appointed a rejoinder and drew together a multitude ot people. 
He took for his text — "Mark Ye What I Say." He then started out 
by saying — ^"The brother's sermon reminds me of a keg of nails — 
all heads and points." Then throwing himself into the controversy 
he fought it to the finish, and was never again publicly assailed in 
that community. 

• Four of his sons became preachers ot their father's church and 
faith, three of whom are well known to many of the church mem- 
bers now living, but one, who, it is said, was the most eloquent of 
them all, died in early manhood. 

HIS SERVICE IN THE CHURCH. 

The subject of this sketch professed religion in Halifax county, 
N. C, in the year 1841, and soon afterwards connected himself with 
the church at Rehoboth in Granville county. 

The precise date he was licensed to preach, we do not know, but 
it must have been soon after he joined the church, for we find that 
on Nov. 3rd, 1843, he joined the North Carolina Conference, and 
was assigned to the Guilford circuit. Perhaps the best insight to 
his labors may be obtained by simply giving the following state- 
ment, gathered from the Annual Conference records : 



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joined the N. C. Conference at Mt. Hermon, Orang-e county, 
(now Alamance) Nov. 3rd, 1843. 

Served Guilford circuit, 1844-45. 

Served Wilmington circuit, 1846. 

Was ordained deacon at Rehoboth, Granville county, N. C, Oct. 
22nd, 1846. 

Served Guilford circuit, 1847. 

Served Roanoke circuit, 1848-49. 

Was ordained elder at Fair Grove, Rockingham county, N. C, 
Oct. 2ist, 1848. 

Served Yadkin circuit, 1850. 

Served Fayetteville station, 1851-52. 

Was President of 'he Conference, 1853-54. 

Served Granville circuit, 1855. 

Served Guilford circuit, 1856. 

Was President of the Conference, 1857. 

Served Guilford circuit, 1858. 

Served Granville circuit, 1859-60. 

Was President of the Conference, 1861-62, 

Served Hrw River circuit, 1863. 

Served Greensboro circuit, 1864-65. 

Served Alamance circuit, 1866. ■ • ■ 

Served Asheboro circuit, 1867. 

Served Greensboro circuit, 1868-69-70. 

Served Haw River circuit, 1871-72. 

Served Alamance circuit, 1873. 

Colporteur for American Bible Society, 1874. 

Served Guilford circuit, 1875. 

Was President of the Conference, 1876. 

Served Orange circuit, 1877-78. 

Colporteur for American Bible Society, 1879. 

Served Alamance circuit, 1880-81-82. 

Served Surry Mission, 1883. 

Served Flat Rock circuit, 1884-85. 

Was Conference Evangelist, 1886-87-88. 

Was member of the General Conference, 1862-70-80. 

Superannuated at Henderson, N. C, Nov. 27th, 1888, which re- 
lation to the Conference he sustained until his death. 

EDUCATION AND STUDIES. 

Up to the time he entered the ministry, his educational advanta- 



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ges had been quite limited, as was the case with most young men 
sixty years ago, but he had acquired that degree of general intelli- 
gence which excited in him a thirst for knowledge, and he applied 
himself ardently to such studies as he thought would best equip 
him for his high calling. 

In the years 1851-52, he was stationed in Fayetteville, N. C, and 
during this time, he studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew, reciting 
regularly to the Presbyterian minister, Mr. Johnson, who at the 
same time also occupied a pulpit in the town. Under Mr. John- 
son, he made considerable progress in these languages, at least 
getting that knowledge of their construction which enabled him, 
by his own efforts, to extend his acquaintance with them. But as 
time passed on, he did not confine himself to the study of the class- 
ics only, but always actuated by a burning desire to enlarge his 
field of thought in all directions, legitimate with his life work, he 
devoted considerable time to the study of the Natural Sciences, 
and this enriched his mind with a good grasp of the philosophy 
and harmony of the natural world. 

LIBRARY. 

He had a well selected library consisting of about 500 volumes. 
As a pointer to the mental and spiritual character of the man we 
mention a few of them : Ceasar, Ovid, Plato, Herodotus, Xeno- 
phon, Thucydides, Chamber's Encyclopedia, Spurgeon's Works, 
D'Aubigne's History of the Reformation, Rollin's Ancient History, 
Watts on the Mmd, Bunyan's Works, Homer's Iliad, Shakespere, 
Milton's Poems, Dante's Poems, etc. 

AS A READER. 

He was an industrious, thoughtful reader. To the inquiry — did 
he read much? one of his daughters replied — "tvcry spare min- 
ute." 

During a great part of his itinerancy, the circuits were large, 
requiring much traveling to reach appointments, and this fact, 
coupled with another, that he had a large young family, frequently 
quartered in a small building, would seem to have put it beyond his 
power to find much time for careful systematic reading. In view of 
these circumstances, it is interesting to note the following plan also 
quoted from his daughter: 

"In order to have perfect quiet, and to keep from punishing the 



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little ones by making them be quiet, his plan was to retire with the 
children — arise about ii o'clock, and read and study till two or 
three o'clock A. M." 

Of the books he read and re-read most, for culture and inspira- 
tion, we mention Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Homer's Iliad, 
Science of the Bible, Milton, Dante, and Watts on the Mind. To 
the study of such works as these may, no doubt, be attributed to a 
degree the lofty style of many of his sermons. But these did not 
do it all — they were to him but the stepping stones to the sublimer 
bights of Moses, Job, Isaiah and David. Nor did all of these form 
within him a new creation. The love ol the beautiful and sublime 
was born with him; and hence such works were in harmony with 
himself, and to his mind a luxury. With this view of his mental 
qualities, we cannot wonder at the fact, of which we are well as- 
sured, that the whole Bible was his delight. Its elevated diction 
and tar-reaching truths could not do otherwise than charm him. 

While he was a diligent reader of the entire Bible, and loved it 
all, yet he seemed particularly enamored with the Book of Psalms. 
So much was this the case, that he insisted on his children com- 
mitting this part of the Bible to memory; and one of his daughters 
committed, and recited to him the whole book; and all of his chil- 
dren the most of it. 

As to the New Testament — the Saviour of men and his words 
standing preeminent, of course — the characters and writings of 
Paul and Peter excited his highest admiration, and to them he 
gave his most intense study. He also read carefully the Methodist 
Protestant, the Pulpit Treasury, Dr. Hall's Microcosm and other 
current literature ot the day. Indeed while he read much the old 
standard books, yet his main interest centered in the living issues 
and passing events of the day. So intent was he to keep abreast 
with the age, and to be in touch with the new transpirings that 
were daily occuring, that he never seemed to grow old and fall 
back into a life of mere memory, but maintained a life of the living 
present up to his last rational hour. 

HIS PREACHING. 

His sermons were generally carefully prepared. On one occa- 
sion he remarked — "A man cannot preach what he does not know." 
In the first years of his ministry he wrote his sermons in full, but 
later on he simply constructed a "skeleton," and gave himself a 



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free elaboration of it, under the inspiration of the moment. Per- 
haps few men were ever more dominated by matters of mere per- 
sonal grievance than he. When such a burden was upon his mind, 
it g-ave a coloring to his sermons, even though the occasion might 
be a funeral. This plain, outspoken, characteristic may have 
grown into him, to some extent, at least, from his love and study 
of the Psalms of David, as above noted. But we must not forget 
that he was equally susceptible to whatever congenial influences 
might surround him. These also found a display in the char- 
acter of his sermons. At such times, his sermons were often en- 
trancing. He would touch you with pathos and love, walk with 
you among the flowers, and revel with you in the sublimities. It 
was not in his nature to conceal himself, even in the pulpit. He 
expressed himself in such an openhanded way as sometimes to 
grate harshly, at least on sensitive natures. As illustrative ot this 
trait, we give the following instance : 

On one occasion, when preaching to a large congregation, a 
minister of some note, and of a denomination which qualified him 
to feel the force ot such a remark, was sitting in the pulpit behind 
him. After artfully directing his discourse into that train of thought 
which would admit of it, he made an emphatic pause, and said: 
"Thank God for a country without a king, and a church without a 
bishop." 

That Bro. Harris was a preacher of more than ordinary power, 
the honors conferred on him by his brethren fully attest. Then we 
have the further testimony in the fact that multitudes, of all classes, 
flocked to his appointments to hear him preach, and listened to 
him, often with rapt attention. True, his style was ot the old time 
school, and whether we have lost or gained by the cooler logic of 
the present day, is no question for discussion here. 

AS A DEBATER. 

It has been said that Bro. Harris never appeared to better advan- 
tage, intellectually, than when debating some subject. It was then 
he displayed a fluency of speech, and a sharpness and incisiveness 
of thought, which many considered above that of any other occa- 
sion. And when he thought the matter in hand required it, his 
repartee and sarcasm were remarkable and overwhelming. Few 
men could equal him in this respect, and the antagonist who was 



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subjected to such an ordeal, it would seem, must in the end think 
less of himself or less of Bro. Harris. 

LOYALTY. 

The government and laws of his country he appreciated most 
keenly. He loved the spirit and genius of American institutions, 
and was proud of being a citizen of these great American States. 
Hence, so far as is known, he was law-abiding and loyal to the 
letter. As to his church we have never heard his loyalty subjected 
to even a surmise. He was sound to the core in its doctrines; he 
loved its ecclesiastical polity, believing it to be "built on the foun- 
dation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the 
chief corner stone," and thus, both as to his country and church, 
he rejoiced to be the subject of the one, and the servant of the 
other. 

TRIALS AND CHEERFULNESS. 

Under this head we find we cannot do better than quote from his 
daughter, the one who for years "was his constant companion." 
In answer to an inquiry she says: "When the war was raging he 
often had to travel half the night to obtain lodging, as every stran- 
ger was looked upon with suspicion in those days. Now and then 
his horse fagged out when he would walk and lead him miles and 
miles in the dark, himself at the same time hungry, wet and cold; 
but then his life had its joys — he was working tor the Master he 
worshiped, and the church he loved, and he did it with his might, 
regardless of the applause of men. In those days, when our 
church was young and scattering, his salary ranged from $250.00 
to $400.00, and his wife and eight little ones to be fed and clothed, 
and the children to be educated — how, is the problem, yet they 
were all tolerably well educated— some of them having received 
collegiate educations: and at his death he owed no man anything. 
But no one can ever know the struggle he passed through." 

She also remarks his uniform hopeful and cheerful disposi ion at 
home; but how it was with him in this respect abroad, she needs 
not say, for a thousand living witnesses can testify to his warm, 
glad greetings, and the unclouded sky of his presence. 

SOCIAL (QUALITIES. 

Socially, Bro. Harris was approachable and companionaole, and 
adapted himself to his surroundings, but not in such a way as to 



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compromise his high calling. In conversation he was genial and 
mirthful, and had an eye to the ridiculous side of things, not un- 
frequently making himself the target of his own jest. His sympa- 
thies seem to have rim much with the common people, and did not 
neglect them in his pastoral visitations. On one occasion, when 
taking supper with a v.ell-to-do family whose table was abundantly 
supplied, he remarked, by way of apology for his hearty eating : 
"I am quite hungry. I took dinner to-day with a poor family, and 
I know they had a hard time, and I did not eat but little." 

There is another phase in his social life we feel disposed to note, 
and that is his love for children. It has been often noticed that he 
would turn away from the society ot grown people, and enter 
heartily into talk and pranks with children. He seemed to be 
charmed with their sportive ways, and their frank, unsophisti- 
cated natures. May we not apply to him what has been pro- 
nounced as so sublimely said of another man : "He loved God 
and little children." 

MARRIAGE. 

In Fayetteville, N. C, April 22, 1852, Bro. Harris married Miss 
Sallie Elizabeth Dunn, daughter of Joseph S. and Elizabeth Dunn, 
Rev. J. L. Michaux pronouncing the ceremony. God honored this 
union with eight children — four males and four females, all ol 
whom, with their mother, survive him. And we may mention that 
at this writing there are also eight grandchildren. 

Two of hi? children are twins, a boy and a girl, who were born 
just about the close of the civil war; and it gives some insight to 
the feelings and sentiments of the father to state the fact that the 
coincident led him to name the boy Peace, and the girl Joy. 

HOME HABITUDE. 

We must here again quote from his beloved daughter. "He was 
never happier than when he was under whatever kind of shelter 
his home happened to be with his family around him. The family 
altar was never under any circumstances neglected. He required 
some one of his children to read the chapter, and then he led in 
prayers, always thanking God for his care and asking to be deliv- 
ered from the powers of the evil one. He required his children to 
memorize different parts of the Scripture, in his absence from 
home, and recite it to him upon his return, sometimes making the 
selection himself, sometimes leaving the selection to the child. He 
was an indulgent father." 



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HIS MOTTO 



"DILIGENT IN BUSINESS, FERVENT IN SPIRIT, SERV- 
ING THE LORD." 

HIS BLINDNESS. 

In the Fall of 1885, at about the age of sixty-four years, his eye- 
sight began to fail him. As elsewhere stated, he was a devoted 
reader, and not long before this time he had come in possession of 
some philosophical works which greatly interested him, and that 
he wished to study thoroughly. The print was rather small for 
his aged eyes, and in the reading, much of the time by lamp light, 
he impaired his sight beyond recovery, though there was no time 
that he could not discern an object between himself and the light. 
Considering that his desire to acquire knowledge had not abated 
in the least, but was probably more intense than ever before; and 
the further fact that he still maintained a vigorous manhood, such 
an affliction would seem to be a very great trial, and excites our 
most profound sympathy. But in this regard we quote again from 
the same authority : "He was, under the circumstances, the most 
patient man I ever saw — never murmured or complained." 

Fortunately for him, however, we can say that the waning of his 
vision was gradual and to a great degree painless, reminding us 
of the blind Milton's song : 

".So deep a drop serene hath quenched these orbs." 

VERY LAST DAYS. 

For some weeks before his death he was not without premoni- 
tions that "the time of his departure was at hand." What mystic 
tokens or messages he received revealing to him that the Jordan 
was near, we are not advised; but when at the last Annual Con- 
ference he remarked that he felt that it was the last Conference 
which he should ever attend, that the hour of his dissolution was 
not far oft. Here it is meet that we quote again as belore : 

"Three weeks previous to his death he summoned four of the 
nearest children by wire and they, in turn, summoned those at a 
distance in a manner to seem to just happen to come home Christ- 
mas, and all save one remained with him till the end came. Up 
to ten days before his death he was as well as he was at Confer- 
ence — able to be up and around the house. His preparation for 
the end he seemed to know was at hand was that as if preparing 



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for a pleasant journey. He was cheerful through it all and had no 
reg-rets — was perfectly willing and said, "the Master doeth all 
things well." He talked much in those last days of the progress 
of the church in North Carolina, relating incidents and inquiring 
after the welfare of hundreds of members personally. Fromii 
o'clock P. M. till 3 o'clock A. M. he could not sleep, and members 
of the family made it convenient to happen to be awake, (for he 
did not like to put any one to inconvenience) and talk to him about 
people he knew, and church work. Those sleepless hours corres- 
pond with the ones spent in reading and study in the first twenty 
years of his married lite." 

"He was bright and cheerful as long as he could speak, and took 
occasion to say he had no hard feelings against any one." 

About ten days before he fell on sleep he was stricken with 
paralysis, and the strong man arose from his bed no more. The 
disease took its fatal grasp on his throat, tongue and stomach, and 
thus he was incapable of speaking or taking nourishment, but was 
conscious for about seven days when he, to all appearance, sank 
into a condition oblivious of his surroundings, and so remained 
during the last three days of his life. What he suffered during 
those ten days, without tbod or drink, we do not know — it may 
have been much or it may have been little — no tongue that has 
been that way has come back to tell us; but if it had an agony that 
ao-ony had an end on January the 6th, 1896, at 5 o'clock P. M., 
when he fell upon the bosom of the iMaster he had so long and 
faithfully commended to others, and was at rest. 

One of his intelligent brethren who knew him well remarked 
that when he heard of Bro. Harris' death there ran through his 
mind, over and over again, the expression, "A great man in Israel 
has fallen to-day." 

His tuneral was preached by the President of our Conference, 
W. A. Bunch, alter which his body was committed to the dust at 
Summertield, Guilford county, N. C, at his own request, where we 
trust it reposefully awaits the still higher calling to the ministry of 

heaven. 

J. C. ROBERTS, 

CLIFTON L. WHITAKER, 

W. A. BUNCH. 



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REV. 5. A. CECIL, 

At one time an active member of this Conference, died at his 
home in Davidson county on the 23rd day of September, 1896, aged 
sixty-six years, nine months and fifteen days. Bro. Cecil was con- 
verted in his seventeenth year, and soon thereafter united with the 
Methodist Protestant church. Some time in the sixties he was or- 
dained an Elder, on Forsyth circuit, which was then under the 
pastoral charge of Rev. Alson Gray. At a subsequent period he 
aligned himself with the movement which, in 1867, culminated in 
the formation of the Methodist Church, was for two or more years 
President of the late Deep River Conference, and was a delegate to 
the Methodist General Conference, vv-hich met at Princeton, 111., in 
1872. In one of the following years he was employed by Rev. Dr. 
Bobbitt, Presiding Elder in the M. E. Church, South, as preacher 
in charge of Zion Mission in the N. C. Conference. 

Bro. Cecil returned to the church of his early choice at Spring 
Hill, Davidson county, in the year 1886, and at the Conference of 
1887 which vvas held at Flat Rock, he was assigned to the Monroe 
circuit, on which he traveled one year. The Conference of 1888 
assigned him to the Catawba circuit, on which he went one round 
only and was released by the President, Rev. R. H. Wills, in con- 
sequence of ill health. From this period forward Bro. Cecil, on 
account of impaired health, took no work under the direction of 
Conference, and passed his remaining days in anticipation of the 
end which came on the 23rd day of September last. 

Thus as the years go by our brethren drop out of the ranks of 
active service, but it pleases God that the ranks shall be kept full 
and the work go on until the end of time. Our deceased brother 
has gone from us but his mantle rests upon his honored son, who 
is a laborious and efficient worker in this Conference; and so, in 
humble resignation to His will who rules the world in righteous- 
ness and extends his authority over all tongues and people and 
nations, we are content with His divine allotments and wait for His 
word. Respectfully yours, 

J. L. MICHAUX, 

W. R. LOWDERMILK. 



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SIXTH DAY— Morning Session. 

President Bunch called Conference to order. 

Religious exercises were conducted by Rev. J. R. 
Hutton. 

Minutes read and approved. 

On motion the name of J. W. Heath was placed on 
the superannuate list. 

The following resolution was introduced and approved: 

Resolved, that J. S. Hunter, R. N. Thompson, and John M. 
Coble be elected a Committee, vested with full power by this Con- 
ference to confer with council and advise the executor to the will 
of the late Milton Coble. 

W. A. BUNCH, 
C. L. VVHITAKKR. 

The following was read and approved: 

Second Partial Report of the Examining Board. 

R. M. Andrews, N. G. Beathea, A. N. Brown, and E. G. Lowd- 
ermilk have been examined for admission to the class, and are re- 
commended. R. M. Andrews, and E. G. Lowderwilk are recom- 
mended for the itineracy. 

The following students in the course have passed examinations 
in the studies named : 

R. E. Davis in Rhetoric, Watson's Institutes (3rd and 4th Parts). 

W. D. Fogleman in Rhetoric, Watson (3rd and 4th Parts), 
Ralston's Elements of Divinity. 

A. L. Hunter in Butler's Analogy, Logic, Moral Science. 

E. G. Lowdermilk in Bassett's History of the M. P. Church, Bin- 
ney's Theological Compend. 

W. R. Lowdermilk in Binney, Bassett, The Pastor Amidst His 
Flock. 

Wm. Porter in Butler, Blackburn's History to the Reformation, 
The Pastor Amidst His Flock, Binney's Theological Compend. 

H. L. Powell in Rhetoric, Watson (3rd and 4th Parts), Black- 
burn's Church History. 

J. R. Walton in Bassett's History. 



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C. H. Whitaker in .Butler's Analogy, Blackburn's History, Rals- 
ton's Elements, Logic, Watson's Institutes, Moral Science. 

J. D. Williams in Watson's Institutes (ist and 2nd Parts), Logic. 

J. F. Mcculloch, Secy. 

On motion there was appointed a Committee of three 
on the representation in Sub-District Conference. 
The following were appointed: T. M. Johnson, C. H. 
Whitaker, and J. R. Hutton. 

The following resolution was introduced and approved: 

Whereas, it seems that North Carolina is a chosen field for im- 
postors and false teachers who are received into the families of our 
people in violation of the injunction given in the 2nd Epistle of St. 
John and loth verse; and 

Whereas, this is especially true in regard to the Seventh Day 
2nd Adventists, Mormons and Romish priests; therefore 

Resolved, That it is timely and consistent with the examples of 
the Apostles and Reformers for our ministry to combat these false 
teachers and expose their unscriptural, false and corrupting doct- 
rine wherever we may meet with them. R. R. M. 

The following resolution was approved, unanimously, 
by a rising vote : 

Resolved, That we hereby extend to the citizens of Burlington 

our humble and grateful thanks for all their hospitality so lavishly 

and kindly bestowed upon this Annual Conference, in providing 

for all our wants during our present session. 

J. S. DUNN, 

W. C. KENNETT. 

Rev. T. F. McCulloch offered his resignation as a 
member of the Examining Board, which was accepted, 
and Rev. T. M. Johnson was appointed in his place. 

On motion the Secretary of the Examining Board was 
requested to call the attention of the President to the re- 
missness of one of its members, and that the President 
be authorized, if he deem it advisable, to appoint one to 
fill his place. 



The characters of Revs. W. P. Mar.tin, T. T. Ferree, 
and P. D. Pvloore, passed. The character of Rev. W. E. 
Swain was referred to a special committee consisting of 
C. A. Cecil, W. L. Harris, and Walter Beavans, to report 
this afternoon. 

Conference Statistician reported, and his report was 
approved. 

J. S. Williams was appointed to receive and forward 
to the proper person money collected for Theological 
Seminary. 

J. H. Stowe was appointed to receive money collected 
for the indebtedness of Yadkin College. 

Moved that pastors exert every energy to collect the money for 
the indebtedness of Yadkin College by the 15th day of May, and 
those who fail to make such effort be amenable to next Conference. 
Adopted. 

The report on Sub-District Conference representation 
was presented and approved : 

Your committee on Sub-District Conference Representation wish 
to submit the following report : 

Believing that the representation in the Sub-District Conferences 
should be larger and that Sunday schools and finances should re- 
ceive special attention, we recommend that there be four dele- 
gates sent from each charge, one to represent Sunday schools, one 
to lepresent finances, one to represent Christian Endeavor, and 
one to represent other interests of the church. 

J. R. HUTTO.N, 
T. M. JOHNSON, 
C. H. WHITAKER. 

The Committee on the character of W. E. Swain re- 
ported. The report was approved : 

Your committee to investigate the facts relating to the passage 
of Bro. Swain's character ask that it be referred to the President. 

A committee of three was ordered to prepare some 
plan for collection of Local Missionary money. Com- 



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mittee: President of Local Missionary Society, W. A. 
Bunch, M. H. Holt. This committee was requested to 
report in 60 days, and pastors are required to follow the 
plan proposed. 

The Committee on Foreign Missions reported and its 
report was approved : 

Report on Missions. 

We are pleased to note as one of the favorable signs of the times 
that the interest of our people in the great subject of Missions has 
not only not declined, but has sensibly grown, since the date of our 
last annual session, and, because of the probable increase of strin- 
gency in the money market meanwhile, we regard it as a most fa- 
varoble indication, that the receipts for missionary purposes, from 
all sources, for 1896, are more than ten per cent, what they were in 
1895. But while we rejoice at this increase, there are abundant 
reasons why the receipts should have been doubled, or even 
trebled. 

It is a well known fact that at this moment there is a cry from 
our missionaries in Japan for more laborers, and an increase of 
means to prosecute the great work which our church has so hope- 
fully begun in that country. 

The fact that one of the most successful missionaries we ever 
had in Japan is our own Rev. A. R. Morgan, whom North Caro- 
lina gave to the Board of Missions a few years ago, is no small 
reason why we should be stimulated to enlarge our contributions 
for that work, to which wc may add the fact that the present ener- 
getic and successful Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of For- 
eign Missions is Rev. T. J. Ogburn, a member of this body. Let 
us show to the church in other Conferences of the connection that 
we can not only furnish men, but money also, in obedience to the 
Divine command to give the gospel to every creature. We can, we 
ought to, we must do better, or we shall fall far behind our ability, 
our duty, our privilege. 

This Conference has not only listened to Rev. T. J. Ogburn in 
his presentation of the Foreign Mission interest and the motives 
which should impel us to increased liberality toward the Foreign 
Field, but was addressed also in burning words by Rev. Benjamin 
Stout, our Secretary of the Board of Home Missions, in behalf of 



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the interest which he represents, and which at this time is hard 
pressed for help VVe should not be loyal to our united church 
and its general interests did we not respond to the appeal of Bro. 
Stout for generous help. We cannot afford to disregard his appeal. 
As to the missionary work in North Carolina, recent developments 
indicate that a movement made within the coming year, if liberally 
sustained by the contributions of the church, promises to strengthen 
materially our cause in the bounds of this Conference. If we are 
wise and prudent, and liberal with our means, we may greatly in- 
crease our claims as being a live and progressive denomination in 
North Carolina. 

Your Committee would most earnestly impress the Conference 
and the church, but especially upon the pastors, the necessity of 
early, earnest, diligent and untiring efforts to stir up and instruct 
the membership on the subject of Missions, for only by so doing 
can we attain o even a moderate success. Scatter information, 
stimulate zeal, encourage action, and neglect no opportunity, 
Meanwhile let the general church pray daily for the cause of Mis- 
sions, and this will give the cause a place in their hearts and a 
portion of thoir means. 

We believe that one of the best instrumentalities we have within 
reach, and one which should be used with greater diligence for the 
coming year, is "Children's Day," and its observance in all the 
churches of the district should become an object of special concern. 
Let all pastors take notice. We are pleased to note in this con- 
nection that our Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Foreign 
Missions promises to supply in convenient form some literature 
relating to the question of Foreign Missions which, we doubt not, 
will serve to instruct our people and stimulate their efforts. 

Finally, brethren, let us make of 1897 a new era in zeal and ef- 
fectiveness in the cause of Missions in a!l its departments, regard- 
ing what we have done heretofore as only the beginning of what 
we can do, praying in the Holy Ghost and striving according to 
His working which shall work in us mightily. 
Your Committee would further report: 

1st. As to the Board of Foreign Missions, that it has so man- 
aged its affairs as to be wholly free from debt, which fact will in- 
spire confidence in the prudence and business skill of the Board, 
especially since so many of the similar boards of our country are 
burdened with enormous debts with accruing interest. 



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2nd. As to the Board of Home Missions, as represented by our 
brother, Rev. Benjamin Stout. All the Missions of this depart- 
ment are represented as in a prosperous condition, and the Mis- 
sionaries faithful in their work. There are eleven missionaries 
and nearly nine hundred members. The Board is in so great need 
of money to sustain its operations that it is necessary to make spe- 
cial efforts to raise funds for that purpose, and we suggest that a 
sum equal to 14 cents per member be raised, if possible, during the 
coming year. Whether it be practicable to raise the amount sug- 
gested or not, in making the effort there arc two forms in which 
we may present these claims — Easter service and mite boxes. 
These Home Mission Easter Services can be obtained, as also the 
mite boxes, on application to Rev. Benjamin Stout, Secretary of 
the Board of Home Missions, Rockford, West Va. 
Respectfully, 

J. L. MICHAUX, 
W. M. PIKE, 
W. C. KENNETT, 
W. W. HUNTER, 
J. H. SHARP. 

Committee. 

It was ruled by the President, Conference agreeing, 
that preachers' license should be renewed at the Quar- 
terly Conference corresponding to the time of issue. 

It is ordered that Examining Board meet each year, at 
9 o'clock A. M., of the day preceding the opening of 
Annual Conference. On motion we endorse Bro. J. F. 
McCulloch's proposition to go around the District with 
phonograph, and give him our hearty support. 

The following resolution was approved : 

Whereas, the Board of managers of the Superannuate Fund 
Society of the N. C. Annual Conference, Methodist Protestant 
church, have met and elected their officers as follows, viz: J. W. 
Heath, President, W. W. Amick, Vice President, and 

Whereas, the Board at present consists of the following officers 
and members, viz: J. W. Heath, President, W. W. Amick, Vice 
President, W. O. Donnell, Secretary and Treasurer, J. L. Ogburn, 



J. F. Harris, J. C. Roberts, T. T. Hicks and W. C. Hammer; 
Therefore be it 

Resolved, by this Annual Conference that we ratify the election 
of the above officers and managers of said Board of the Superan- 
nuate Fund Society. 

J. W. HEATH, 
W. W. AMICK, 
W. C. HAMMER. 



Conference Steward's report was presented and ap- 
proved without reading. 

On motion Conference returns a vote of thanks to the 
railroads for favors to this Conference. 

On motion Conference adjourned. Benediction by 
Rev. E. A. Plyler. 



EVENING SESSION. 

Conference called to order, Rev. W. F. Kennett pre- 
siding. 

The report of the Auditing Committee was offered and 
recommitted. 

The Committee on Boundaries submitted the follow- 
ing additional report, which was approved : 

Your Committee on Boundaries would submit the following ad- 
ditional report, viz: That we detach Trail Branch and Wells' 
Chapel from the plan of appointments of Buncombe ct., and attach 
the city of AsheviUe to the said circuit. 

W. C. HAMMER, 
M. F. FURR. 

The report of the Board of Church E.xtension was pre- 
sented and approved : 



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Received from the various fields of labor $ 260 02 

Collection at meeting of Local Missionary Society 150 15 



Total $ 410 17 

Disbursed as follows : 

To Burlington Mission $ 1 10 50 

High Point Mission go 00 

Nev\' London church ... 24 67 

Liberty church 50 00 

Fairvievv church 75 00 

Total disbursements $ 350 17 



Leaving balance in Treasurer's hands Nov. 23, 1896 $ 60 00 

W. A. BUNCH, C/tm'n. 
T. J. OGBURN, Secy. 
B. DAVIDSON, Treas'r. 

The Examining Board made additional report, which 
was approved, reconsidered, referred, and finally ap- 
proved as follows : 

We recommend the acceptance of Bro. J. H. Totten's credentials 
from the M. E. Church, South, and that he be granted credentials 
as an elder in the M. P. Church and admitted to membership in 
this Conference. 

We do not deem it proper to ordain to the office of elder persons 
who have not taken our course of study or an equivalent unless 
there be strong reasons therefor growing out of an actual pastoral 
relation; but we believe that the exigencies of the work on the Al- 
bemarle circuit would justify the ordination of the pastor assigned 
thereto for the coming year, and we therefore recommend the or- 
dination of Rev. D. A. Brasweli at the earliest convenience of the 
President, with the distinct understanding that he pursue the stud- 
ies of the course under the direction ot the Examining Board, and 
that his election to membership in the Conference be contingent on 
his completion of said course. 

J. F. Mcculloch, s^cy. 

On motion Rev. J. H. Stowe was directed to pay money 
in his hands ($62.29) collected for Yadkin College in- 
debtedness, to reduce the same. 

Money in hand of C. A. Pickens, $31.58, is to be paid 
to iro. Stowe to be applied as above. 



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The Auditing Committee again report, and their re- 
port was approved : 

The following report shov. s the account between the several ben- 
eficiaries and this Annual Conference : 

C. H. WHITAKER. 

1894, Dec. 7th, amount due $ 30 00 

JAMES M. SIMPSON. 

1894, Oct. 8th, amount due $4000 

1895, Jan. 23rd, " " 3500 

1896, Sept. 26th, " " 3500 

1896, Jan. 24th, " " 2500 

Total $13500 

W. E. SWAIN. 

1882, Dec. 6th, amount due $ 30 60 

1883, Dec. 15th, amount due 25 00 

1895, Nov. 1st, Cr. by cash, $5 60 

Bal. due $ 50 00 

J. R. WALTON. 

1894, March 3rd, amount due $ 25 00 

1895, Nov. 23rd, Cr., $20 60 

1896, Nov. i8th, Cr., $127 

Bal. Due $ 3 13 

J. S. WILLIAMS. 

1889, Nov. 22d, amount due $ 75 00 

1890, Dec. i6th, " " 65 00 

1892. Dec. i6th, " " 62 50 

1893, Feb. 13th, " " 1000 

1893, Nov. 25th, " " 3000 

" " 5500 

1894, Jan. 15th, Cr $ 30 00 

1894, Dec. loth, Cr 50 00 

1895, Nov. 26th, Cr 50 00 

Bal. due $16750 

N. M. MODLIN. 

1889, Jan. 31st, amount due $ 50 00 

1889, Sept. 6th, " " .... 3500 

1894, Nov. 2 \ Cr $ 10 00 

1895, Nov. 26th, Cr 10 00 

Bal. Due $ 65 00 

(Paid 5 per cent.) 



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J. D. WILLIAMS. 

1890, Sept. 17th, amount due .$ 50 00 

1891, Jan. 27th, " " . 4500 

1891, Sept. I2th, " " 50 (X) 

1892, April 23rd, " " 45 00 

1896, Nov. i8th. Cr $ 26 37 

Bal. due $ 163 63 

L. M. FINE. 

1896, Feb. 3rd, amount due $1500 

1896, Sept. 1st, " " 25 00 

W. F. ASHBURN. 

1891, Jan. 8th, amount due $ 50 00 

(Paid his 10 per cent.) 

W. O. DAVIS. 

1892, Nov. 28th, amount due $ 35 cx) 

1893, Dec. 8th, " " 5144 

J. W. FRANK. 

1895, July 25th, amount due $ 50 00 

A. G. DIXON. 

1896, Sept. 14th, amount due $ 25 00 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. E. HARTSELL, 
W. W. AMICK. 

On motion Bro. C. H. Whitaker was excused from 
paying 10 per cent, of his salary this year. 

The following resolution was presented and approved : 

Moved that those having money collected for Yadkin Colleg-e in- 
debtedness hold same until next Annual Conference, and that Bro. 
J. H. Stowe be appointed as Committee to whom all pastors can re- 
port and that he report through Our Church Record. 

On motion the Stationing Committee presented its re- 
port, which was considered by items, amended and 
adopted : 



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Report of Stationing Committee. 

Charge. Pastor. Post Office. 

Alamance W. F. McDowell Asheboro 

Albemarle D. A. Bras well Skinnersville 

Asheboro & Cedar Falls . . . C. A. Cecil Asheboro 

Buncombe j. R. Savage Weaver ville 

Burlington J. G. W. Hollo way Burlington 

Caldwell H. D. Garmon Indian Trail 

Catawba W. D. Fogleman Gastonia 

Charlotte E. G. Lowdermilk Charlotte 

Chatham W. W. Amick Liberty 

Cleveland j. H. Moton Fallston 

Davidson W. C. Kennett Liberty 

Flag Springs N. M. Modlin Salem Church 

Flat Rock W. F. Kennett Stokesdale 

Forsyth J. F. Dosier Dosier 

Gibsonville A. W. Lineberry Greensboro 

Granville C. L. VVhitaker Kittrell 

Greensboro To be supplied 

Greenville H. S. B. Thompson Ante, Va 

Guilford W. C. Hammer High Point 

Halifax J. S. Williams Brinkley ville 

Haw River C. E., M. Raper Guilford College 

Henderson T. M. Johnson Henderson 

High Point W. R. Lowdermilk High Point 

Ivy .To be supplied 

La Grange To be supplied 

Liberty J. R. Hutton Climax 

Lincoln I. I. York Orleans 

Littleton C. H. Whitaker Littleton 

Mecklenburg C. A. Pickens Lexington 

Mocksville G. H. Austin Monroe 

Mt. Hermon W. F. Ashburn Osceola 

North Granville Wm. Porter Dabney 

Orange W. M. Pike Mebane 

Pee Dee J. R. Betts Ramseur 

Plymouth , W. O. Davis Whitakers 

Randleman... E. A. Plyler Randleman 

Randolph G. F. Millaway Julian 

Roanoke J. L. Michaux tn field 



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Charge. Pastor. Post Office. 

Saxapahaw J. D. Williams Bradshaw 

Spring Church H. S. B. Thompson Ante, Va 

Stanly W. C. Lassiter Plyler 

Surry W. L. Harris Culler 

Tabernacle J. E. Hartsell Tabernacle 

Tar River R. M. Andrews W hi takers 

Uwharrie A. L. Hunter High Point 

Wadesboro R. E. Davis Peachland 

Westfield J. L. Johnson Brim 

Winston J. H. Stowe Yadkin College 

Winston Station To be supplied 

Yadkin J. R. Walton Thomasville 

Superannuated — R. R. Michaux, J, W. Heath, and J. N. Garrett. 

Professor W. M. College — S. Simpson. 

Loaned Board of Foreign Missions — T. J. Oghurn. 

Editor Our Church Record — J. F. McCulloch. 

Without appointment at their own request — T. F. McCulloch, 
L. L. Albright. D, A. Highhll, W. T. Totten, and J. S. Dunn. 



SUPERNUMERARIES. 

Liberty — G. W. Bowman. 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls — T. T. Terree. 

Littleton— D. A. Fishel. 

Winston — R. R Hanner. 

SUBJECT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION. 

P. D. Moore, J. B. Tarlton, O. P. Routh. 

Rev. D. A. Braswell was introduced and ordained to 
the order of Elder. 

On motion the Superannuate Fund Society was re- 
quested to meet and make an appropriation to Rev. J. N. 
Garrett. Minutes read and approved. On motion Con- 
ference adjourned to meet on Wednesday after 3rd Sun- 
day in November, 1897. 

Prayer by Rev. J. E. Hartsell and L. M. doxology 
benediction by the President. 



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APPENDIX. 

MINUTES OF SUPERANNUATE FUND SOCIETY. 

The Superannuate Fund Society o( the Methodist Protestant 
Church, N. C. Conference, met at Burlington in Burlington church 
on the 23rd day of Nov., 1896, during the sitting of the Annual Con- 
ference. Members present, VV. W. Amick and J. W. Heath. A 
letter was received from J. F. Harris, J. C. Roberts and J. L. Ogburn 
in which they make J. VV. Heath and \V. W. Amick their proxies. 
{. \V. Heath was elected President pro tern, and W. W. Amick Sec- 
retary pro tem. On motion Rev. W. C. Hammer was elected one of 
the Board of Managers, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death 
of Rev. C. F. Harris. On motion J. \V. Heath was elected Presi- 
dent of the Board of Managers, and W. W. Amick elected Vice- 
President. The present Board ot Managers is as follows : Rev. 
J. W. Heath, President; W. W. Amick, Vice-President; W. O. 
Donnel, Secretary and Treasurer; J. L. Ogburn, J. F. Harris, J. C. 
Roberts, T. T. Hicks and W. C. Hammer. A letter was read from 
our agent in Halifax county, reporting as follows : One hundred 
and forty-tive dollars and ninety-two cents for timber sold, and that 
the rent for 1896 he had tailed to collect, up to the sitting of Con- 
ference, but that he would collect and remit soon. 

On motion the Board decided to excuse the renter of our property 
in Halifax county rive dollars, owing to the failure in crops this 
year. 

On motion the Board ordered to be paid to W. W. Amick fifty 
cents, cost of getting Journal to Annual Conference (by express). 

On motion the Board recommend the Annual Conference to ap- 
propriate ten dollars to the benefit of R. R. Michaux. 

On motion the Board also recommends the appropriation of ten 
dollars to Mrs. James Deans. 

It also recommends that ten dollars be paid to Mrs. C. F. Harris. 

The Board also directs the Secretary to pay over the balance on 
hand to the Treasurer, W. O. Donnel. 

Minutes read and adopted. On motion adjourned. 

J. W. HEATH, Prcs. 
W. W. AMICK, Sec\v pro tern. 

Burlington, N. C, Nov. 23, 1896. 



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Courses and Examiners. 

The courses of Study and Examiners ior candidates for the min- 
istry in this Conference are as follows : 

PRICE 
OF BOOK. 

First Year : Binney's Theological Compend. Improved,-. . $ 50 

Broadus on Preparation and Delivery ot Sermons, i 43 

The Pastor Amidst His Flock 85 

Bassett's History of the M. P. Church i 25 

Written Sermon on "Repentance." 

Second Year : Ralston's Elements of Divinity, 2 68 

Watson's Institutes, 3rd and 4th Parts 2 68 

Blackburn's Church History to the Reformation i 60 

Hart's Rhetoric i 20 

Written Sermon on "Justification by Faith." 

Third Year : Watson's Institutes, ist and 2nd Parts 

Blackburn's Church History, concluded, 

Hop kin's Law of Love, etc., I 27 

Jevon's Logic 43 

Bulter's Analogy 95 

Written Sermon on "Apostasy." 

Rev. W. A. Bunch examines in Watson's Institutes; Rev. J. H. 
Stowe in Binney's Compend; Rev. C. L. Whitaker in Broadus on 
Sermons, and in Blackburn's Church History; Rev. W. C. Kennett 
in Bassett's History; Rev. W. F. Kennett in The Pastor Amidst 
His Flock, and in Ralston's Elements; Rev. J. F. Dosier in Rheto- 
ric and Hopkin's Law of Love; Rev. T. M. Johnson in Jevon's 
Logic; the Secretary in Butler's Analogy. The written sermons, 
which must be original and contain about 2,000 words, must be in 
the Secretary's hands four weeks before Conference. Candidates 
may be examined on one or more years at a time, as they choose. 
The Secretary will order books on receipt ot money for the same. 
J. F. MCCULLOCH, Sec. Ex. Board, 

Greensboro, N. C. 



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PERMANENT RECORDS. 



The seventy-second session of the North Carolina 
Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church 
convened at High Point, N. C, on November 24th, 1897, 
at 10 a. m. 

Conference called to order by the President, and 
opened with religious exercises as follows: Song 222. 
President read 2 Corinthians, 4. Prayer by Brother J. 
E. Hartsell. Song 223. Prayer by Brother W. C. Ken- 
nett. 

Bar of Conference fixed to include the first five seats 
and those on the right of the President. 

Secretary called the roll. 

The President read his report, which was referred, and 
his character passed by a rising vote: 

To the N. C. Anm/al Co>ifere7ice, M. P. Church, High Point N. C, 
November 2\th, 1S97 ; 

Dear Brethren : The work of the Conference year, 1897. has 
been performed and we have assembled to report the same. 

The pastoral charges of Greensboro, Ivy, Winston and La Grange 
were left unsupplied by last Conference. 

Bro. J. F. McCuIloch accepted the pastorate of Grace Church, 
Greensboro, and Bro. P. D Moore, that of Ivy circuit, in January. 

No acceptable supply could be procured for Wmston and La Grange 
until June, when Bro. J. W. Frank was assigned to Winston and 
Bro. C. E. Forlines, to La Grange. 

Bro. Walton's health grew worse soon after Conference and he was 
released from Yadkin Circuit and Bro. Routh was assigned to the 
pastorate thereof 

Bro. E G. Lowdermilk was released from Charlotte Mission in 
February and no supply has been procured for said Mission, as the 
grounds of the release precluded the necessity of supply. The Con- 
ference is referred to Bro L.'s report for the reasons leading to this 
action. 

Bro. Walton's health continued to decline until March 4, when 
death released him of his sufferings and he passed from the labors of 
earth to his rewai'd beyond. 

A committee has been appointed to prepare an obituary for pre- 
sentation at this session. 

Bro. Michaux's health became so impaired that he resigned the 
pastorate of Roanoke circuit, July the 29th, and Bro. E. G. Lowder- 
milk was commissioned as pastor thereof. 



I find in the minutes of last Conference, page 48, this paragraph: 
"The character of Bro. W. E. Swain was referred to a special com- 
mittee consisting of C. A. Cecil, W. L. Harris and Walter Beavans 
to report this afternoon." 1 also find on the same page this report: 
"Your committee to investigate the facts relating to the passage of 
Bro. Swain's character, ask that it be referred to the President." 

Your executive has searched diligently and the above is the only 
reference to this case that can be found in the minutes. Thus it ap- 
pears that the passage of Bro. Swain's character has been suspended 
for twelve months without a single charge having been preferred. 
This is, without a doubt, a suspension entirely upon suspicion and 
more than probable stands without a precedent in the history of the 
Conference. 

Therefore, I would recommend, not only the prompt passage of 
Bro. Swain's character, but also that the Conference tender to him 
an apology for having dealt with so vital a question, in so careless a 
manner. 

I will not occupy your time with an itemized account of the various 
charges — that can be obtained from pastors' reports, but will give a 
general outline, making special mention only of those items requir- 
ing special consideration. 

The general routine work throughout the district, with but few ex- 
ceptions, has been very well performed. In most instances the pas- 
tors have been faithful to the trust committed to their care, and the 
district has enjoyed a year of average prosperity, with the foundation 
laid for extending our borders in some directions. 

I received an enquiry in the early part of the year from Polk county, 
wishing to know how to organize a Methodist Protestant Church. 
The desired information was furnished and the result is a new society 
in territory not hitherto occupied or touched by any of our pastors. 
Similar incjuiries have come from other sections of outside territory, 
but they could not be attended to in person, nor could a suitable 
proxy be obtained to meet all demands, as some were more compli- 
cated than the above. 

The present size of almost every pastoral charge in the district is 
such, that an extension of the work by the pastors is next to an im- 
possibility and if our borders are to be enlarged, we must rely upon 
special agents or missionaries to accomplish the task. The matter of 
employing missionaries in unoccupied territory is so shaping itself in 
voluntary demands, that it must occupy your attention in the future 
as it has not done in the past. 

Owing to the financial depression, but few church buildings have 
been undertaken during the year; those of most importance were in 
Lexington, Plymouth and Littleton. 

The Lexington church has been completed, the other two are yet 
in course of erection. Those two uncompleted churches will occupy 
very important points, and the Conference should render all the aid 
and encouragement possible. I feel that I cannot too strongly em- 
phasize the importance of occupying these important centers. 

There is in some parts of the district, either an indifference or a 
careless neglect in regard to the administration of the Lord's Supper. 
This may be chargeable to the pastors, or it maybe chargeable to the 
stewards, but in either case it is a serious wrong, for which the Con- 



5 

ference should apply a remedy. There is also in some charges very 
grave maladministration and I am confident that no willful criminality 
attaches to any one, but a serious ignorance of the law does attach. 

Some quarterly conferences constitute themselves a supreme coun- 
cil,- to decide upon the constitutionality of the actions of the General 
Conference and under such circumstances it would not require special 
judicial ability to enable them to decide any law unconstitutional, 
which they did not wish to obey. 

The Constitution and Discipline is not sufficiently known and re- 
garded to insure a uniform practice throughout the district. 

In seeking a remedy for those evils, two things should be carefully 
considered — first a more thorough knowledge of the Discipline by the 
administrators of the law — second, some plan by which a more syste- 
matic executive work of the district can be obtained. Your attention 
is most earnestly called to those things. 

In reference to boundaries I would suggest that Giles' Chapel and 
Davis' Chapel be detached from Asheboro and Cedar Falls circuit 
and attached to Randleman circuit. That Shiloh, Friendship, Yad- 
kin College and Gravel Hill be detached from Winston circuit, and 
that they together with the church in Lexington, constitute a circuit 
known as Lexington circuit. In view of the fact that Cleveland cir- 
cuit has in the past year extended her borders, having grown too 
large for one pastor, 1 would recommend, instead of a division, that 
the circuit be supplied for the coming year with an ordained pastor 
and an unordained assistant. I am confident that this is advisable. 
Would recommend that Westfield be dropped. 

Your special attention is called to that greatest of errors, committed 
at the Greensboro Conference in 1895, and found on pages 31 and 32 
of the printed minutes of said Conference, wherein each and every 
member of the Conference is given the power of appeal from any 
and every item of the Stationing Committee's report. This resolu- 
tion not only gives every representative autocratical power over the 
charge he represents, but also vests him with authority to impede the 
work done in reference to any other charge in the district. 

Under such a regime the name of Stationing Committee should be 
eliminated from our proceedings and in the stead thereof a commis- 
sion appointed to negotiate with the representatives. 

Instead of said resolution being a law, it is only a resolution of this 
Conference, conferring upon the laymen, that which is denied them 
in the Constitution and Discipline of the church, and amounts to a 
protest, on the part of the Conference, against the laiv of the church. 

The representatives to the Conference are elected by a majority- 
vote of the charge they represent; however large and respectable the 
minority may be, they must delegate their authority to the one re- 
ceiving the majority of the ballots cast, but the candidate of any 
charge in the district, who received the minority vote of said charge, 
has as much right to demand and receive a seat in this body as the 
one receiving the majority vote has to rule this body. 

If the majority must obtain in the election of delegates to this Con- 
ference, then the majority must obtain in this Conference, otherwise 
we would have a law to control the election of delegates, but no law 
to control the delegates when elected, and with our present resolu- 
tions, this is precisely the condition we are in. 



The itinerant ministers of the Methodist Protestant Church, more 
than any other class or order, have been the pioneers and self-sac- 
rificing sufferers in establishing upon this continent a Methodism of 
the Mutual Rights 6f the ministry and laity and it has not been less 
so in North Carolina than elsewhere. 

If the self-respecting manhood of those consecrated men, who have 
given their all to free you from priestly despotism, is to be sacrificed 
in order to accommodate the narrow, local views and personal prefer- 
ences of the minority, then the struggle and sacrifice has been for 
naught. We can never prosper as Methodist Protestants in open 
violation of Methodist Protestant law. 

This subordination of the prerogative of the Conference to the will 
of the minority left two of our important charges unsupplied for 
seven months of the past year, v,-hich has had a disorganizing ten- 
dency and very damaging effects and we have thereby lost some of 
as good members as we have in the district. To continue the prac- 
tice is to suffer the results, for the eternal law that a cause will pro- 
duce an eftect, is a law which this Conference cannot repeal. 

Mutual Rights means neither ministerial dictation nor lay sov- 
ereignty and the law that admits or encourages either is not Metho- 
dist Protestant law. 

The time has fully come when nothing short of an active, aggres- 
sive itineracy can hold the ground already occupied and without 
which progress is impossible. On the charges where the pastors give 
their whole time to the work of the church, is to be found the great- 
est spiritual development, the best financial system and the most in- 
telligent and aggressive people. 

Every proper means should be used to bring the ministry of the 
Conference to the one and only work of the church, for while the 
plea has been made, in the past, that some fields paid so little, that 
a supplement by secular employment was a necessity, yet by such 
secular management, some charges that would have supported the 
active itinerants, have been reduced to a financial minimum. 

Your attention has previously been called to section 2, page io8 of 
Discipline, which is as follows: ''The president shall see that every 
pastor in the district duly enters upon and continues in the faithful 
discharge of all his official duties." It is impossible tb see that this 
duty is performed, unless the pastors be required to report to the 
president immediately on entering upon the work assigned them, 
giving their Post Office address for the year. Some pastors go upon 
new charges, whose address is not given in the minutes and they 
make no report to the president, nor publish their address in the 
church papers, therefore it is impossible for the executive to reach 
them or to know where they are. 

It is unnecessary for me to make any report in reference to the 
Publishing House, since most of ynu attended the reception given in 
the building last evening and the report of the building committee 
will furnish you the desired information respecting said enterprise. 

Our Church Record will now be placed upon a more permanent 
basis; its usefulness should be greatly enlarged, as the conditions 
will enable the editor to apply less physical force and devote his men- 
tal ability more exclusively to the editorial work. 

The paper should be given a wider circulation; this can be done 



by a persistent effort on the part of the pastors ; they stand between 
the editor and the people. The editor reaches the people when the 
pastor has enabled him to do so by forwarding the necessary subscrip- 
tions. 

The subscriptions to the Methodist Protestant have been very much 
reduced in the past few years; this should seriously engage your at- 
tention, for if the paper goes out of the district, the district will go 
out of the paper and our isolation thereby be increased. 

The mission of the Methodist Protestant church is, to a very great 
extent, a mission of education, and we will hinder rather than ad- 
vance this should-be ideal work, if we drive from our territory one of 
the prime factors in the dissemination of said education. 

We should be broad in our views and liberal in our feelings, but to 
confine ourselves within the narrow limits of our own district, exclud- 
ing ourselves from every other part of the church, would be to dwarf 
and localize our views and feelings. 

The motto upon our banners, "One is your Master even Christ; 
and all ye are brethren," is an ensign around which the people would 
gather, were they properly educated in the principles embodied 
therein. Therefore the Methodist Protestant and Church Record 
should make weekly visits to every Methodist Protestant family in 
the N. C. district, and they, together with other literature explana- 
tory of the principles of freedom promulgated by our fathers, should 
go into thousands of homes outside of our church. It is not less, but 
more, literature that we need, for we claim to have light, and if we 
are right in the claim, we will be criminally in fault if we fail to give 
it to the perishing masses. 

Reports of the charges were solicited in reference to the number of 
conversions, number of accessions, and the amourit collected for 
Church Extension. 

The reports received give the conversions of 31 charges, the ac- 
cessions of "^ii '^^^ collections of 28, which show an average per 
charge of 37 conversions, 28 accessions, and $13.63 of collections. 

If this average is maintained throughout the district, it will show a 
total of 1,850 conversions, 1,418 accssions, and $681.50 collected for 
Church Extension. 

Bro. J. R. Betts presented his report for the year, paid over the 
amounts collected for the general interest, except amount collected 
for Yadkin College indebtedness, which amount he stated was in the 
hands of the delegate. He asked for and received a certificate of his 
standing in the Conference. Owing to the serious illness of my family 
in the early part of the year, I have failed to visit all the work, and 
whether it could all be reached in one year, without any impediment, 
save the work itself, is a question, which it is more than probable 
will never again be answered in the affirmative. 

There must be a very serious wrong somewhere, when the salary 
of the executive is made to depend upon his covering a territory 
which is absurd and impossible without jeopardizing his life. As we 
have no men which we can afford to sacrifice, I would recommend 
that you either change the plan of visitation, divorce the salary and 
visit, or station the president. 

The pastor of Burlington church comes before you under charges 
of immoral conduct. 



So far as your executive has been able to investigate, there appears 
to have been an attempt on the part of some unknown parties in the 
town to destroy the reputation of the pastor. 

It is the opinion of competent judges that the whole matter is a 
conspiracy, and that the blow was aimed to destroy the rising in- 
fluence of the church in the town, and that the pastor was used as 
the medium to reach this desired end. 

The pastor asks an immediate investigation, and I assure you that 
the interest involved precludes delay. 

At the Enfield Conference of 1886, J. P. Eller, J R. Buckner, W. 
T. Clinton, C. A. Pickens and Jno. A. Carter were appointed Trus- 
tees to receive the money willed to this Conference by the late J. R. 
Wells. Those Trustees were never authorized by the Conference to 
use one dollar of said money, except the amount required to carry 
out the provisions of the will in erecting Wells' chapel, but about 
$1,000 has been spent by said Trustees without any authority. They 
were ordered by the Conference at La Grange to pay the amount 
then on hand, about $90.00, to the Conference Trustees, but nothing 
has been received. Surely the Conference cannot tolerate such 
usurpation. 

I trust the Conference will enter upon the work of the session at 
once, and give every subject the consideration which it merits, and 
let nothing be done hastily or unadvisedly, for what is done here will 
either advance or impede the work for the next twelve months. 

With this report, I submit the year's work for your consideration, 
and pray the blessings of the Great Head of the Church upon your 
deliberations and your future labors in the glorious cause of saving 
souls and building up the Redeemer's Kingdom in this sin-cursed 
world. 

Most truly your co-worker in the gospel, 

W. A. BUNCH. 

Time for meeting and adjourning fixed as follows: 
Meet at 9, adjourn at 11:30; meet at i, adjourn at pleas- 
ure; meet at 7, adjourn at pleasure. 

The President announced the following committees: 



CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. 



Facidfy—]. F. McCulloch, W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, C. L. 
Whitaker, J. F. Dosier, T. M. Johnson, W. F. Kennett, J. H. Stowe. 

Colleges— K. W. Lineberry, W. C. Hammer, G. S. Kernodle, G. 
G. Hendricks, W. F. Bowman. 

Missions—]. F. McCulloch, W. W. Amick, W. F. McDowell, 
R. G. Procter, G. W. Coble. 

Literature—^. F. Kennett, E. A. Plyler, W. F. Ashburn, J. H. 
Pegram, A. E. Carter. 

Boimdaries — J. E. Hartsell, J. L. Ogburn, J. N. Gill, J. E. Bur- 
roughs, C. H. Hardin. 



Christian Endeavor— C H. Whitaker, C. E. M. Raper, J. F. Mc- 
Adams, J. M. Albright, G. W. Massie. 

Temperance— T. M. Johnson, W. M. Pike, R. H. Brooks, Walter 
Beavans, J. E. Stafford. 

Finance — J. R. Hutton, H. S. B- Thompson, A. Braswell, N. M. 
Harrison, A. P. Ivester. 

Sunday-Schools — J S. Williams, J. H. Stowe, J. R. Savage, J. F. 
Furr, G. M. Thompson. 

Pastoral Work SN . C. Kennett, A. L. Hunter, W. T. Howard, 
D. W. Hardee, J. W. Guyer. 

Fraternal Relations — C. A. Cecil, J. L. Michaux, J. D. Anderson, 
S. N. Guyer, D. L. Surratt. 

Ordinances — J. F. Dosier, J. L. Michaux, A. L. Thomas, Madison 
Brown, J. F. Whitaker. 

Correspondence — W. L. Harris, I. I. York, C. A. Pickens, J. H. 
Spencer, J. A. Hunter. 

Pres. Report— C. L. Whitaker, C. H. Hardin, J. L. Ogburn. 

Unfinished Business — J. N. Garrett, J. H Stowe, S. M. Speas. 

Pulpit Service— V\f. R. Lowdermilk, W. P. Pickett, W. C. Ham- 
mer. 

Statistics — G. F. Millaway, W. C. Lassiter, E. G. Lowdermilk. 

Conference Stewards — W. M. Pike, R. M. Andrews, J W. Frank. 

COLLECTORS. 

Foreign Missions — N. G. Bethea. 
Home Missiofis — C. E. Forlines. 
Church Extension — W. D. Fogleman. 
Colleges— O. P. Routh. 
Superanmiates — Wm. Porter. 
Ministerial Educatioft — N. M. Modlin. 
Theological Seminary — G. H. Austin. 
Publishing Minutes — D. A. Braswell. 
American Bible Society — Dr. W. K. Hartsell. 

On motion the following were appointed Committee 
on Ministerial Moral Character: A. W. Linebery, D. 
A. Highfill, W. C. Kennett, W. C. Hammer and J. N. 
Garrett. 

Committee on Credentials: C. H. Whitaker, J. H. 
Stowe and J. H. Pegram. 

Letter read from I. I. York on election of delegate, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Credentials. 



lO 



First Day == Afternoon Session. 



The President called Conference to order. 

Letters to Conference referred to Committee on Cor- 
respondence. 

On motion the following were elected Standing Dis- 
trict Committee: W. W. Amick, J. L. Michaux, Jere- 
miah Hunter, W. O. Donnell and O. R. Cox. 

To consider appointment of Stationing Committee was 
made the order of the day for lO a. m. to-morrow. 

On motion Conference accepted an invitation to attend 
Thanksgiving services at the Friends Church. 

On motion Conference selected Liberty, N. C, for 
holding next session. 

Brother J. J. Kesler was seated as alternate delegate 
from Lincoln circuit. 

On motion the character of W. E. Swain passed, and 
the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That the Conference recognize, by a rising vote, that it 
acted carelessly in failing to pass the character of Bro. Swain at ses- 
sion of 1896. 

On motion Conference to meet on Wednesday before 
the fourth Sunday in November, 1898. 

On motion the Secretary to call the roll of charges, 
and pastor or delegate to report amount raised for Yad- 
kin College debt. 

On motion the case of J. G. W. Hollovvay was referred 
to Committee on Ministerial Moral Character. 

On motion it was made the order of the day at i p. 
m., Thursday, to consider the Yadkin College debt. 

On motion Saturda}-, at 10:30 a. m., was fixed as the 
time for missionary meeting of the Local Missionary 
Board. 

The following brethren were appointed Committee on 
Ministerial Official Character: W. F. Ashburn, G. F. 
Millaway, Dr. J. N. Gill. 

On motion pastors required to read financial reports in 
open Conference. 

Order of the day for 10 a. m., Friday, to hear Rev. T. 
J. Ogburn in the interest of foreign missions. 



II 

Brother Battle, of the South Carolina Conference, was 
introduced to the Conference and invited to a seat within 
the bar. 

Money was raised by collection, and the Secretary was 
instructed to purchase necessary stationery for Conference 
use. 

The Secretary not required to re-write reports already 
written. 

On motion the President to fix the time for holding 
memorial services of Bro. J. R. Walton. 

Order of the day having' arrived. Conference proceeded 
to elect officers. The President appointed as tellers J. 
R. Hutton and I. I. York. Rev. W. A. Bunch was re- 
elected President. On motion the vote was made unan- 
imous. C. L Whitaker was re-elected Secretary. The 
Secretary was empowered to name his own assistant. 
The Secretary appointed W. E. Swain. 

On motion Conference adjourned with the benediction 
by W. E. Swain. 



First Day==Night Session. 



The Conference was called to order by President 
Bunch at 7 p. m. 

Choir rendered "Conquering' Now." 

Rev. W. A. Bunch then introduced Dr. Bradshaw, 
Mayor of High Point, who, in well chosen words, deliv- 
ered an address of welcome. Rev. W. E. Swain then 
introduced Rev. J. R. Savage, who responded to the ad- 
dress of welcome. 

The choir then rendered "Praise Him." 

On motion N. M. Lawrence, Superintendent of the 
Oxford Orphan Asylum, was introduced and made a 
very touching address in the interest of the asylum. 

On motion Conference adjourned. Benediction by T. 
M. Johnson. 



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Second Day==Morning Session. 



Conference called to order by the President at 9: 15. 

Rev. J. W. Frank read John 14: 1-14 and lead the 
Conference in prayer. 

Minutes of previous day read and approved. 

On motion the President was authorized to appoint an 
Auditing Committee consisting of T. F. McCulloch, J. 
F. Dosier and J. H. Pegram. 

Dr. F. T. Tagg, editor of T]ie Methodist Protestant, 
was introduced to the Conference. 

On motion order of the day to be deferred till Dr. Tagg 
finish his speech. 

Committee on Ministerial Moral Character reported. 

Your committee on Ministerial Moral Character beg leave to make 
the following report: 

The matter referred to us by the Conference relative to Rev. J. G. 
W. Holloway's moral character has received our patient, faithful and 
prayerful consideration, having had before us all the attainable evi- 
dence we could get here, and being unable to reach a satisfactory 
conclusion without more light, your Committee most respectfully ask 
the appointment of a special committee of one minister to go to Bur- 
lington, N. C, and associate with him Bro. William Stafford, that 
they may get all the possible testimony, for and against, relative to 
the case that we may make a more intelligent report. 
Respectfully submitted, 

A. W. LINEBERRY, Ch'm., 

D. A. HIGHFILL, 

W. C. KENNETT, 

W. C. HAMMER, 

J. N. GARRETT, Sec. 

Report adopted. 

The President appointed J. H. Stowe as committee. 
The following resolution, regulating Stationing Com- 
mittee, was adopted: 

Resolved, That the stationing authority of this Conference shall 
be constituted as follows: 

Resolved, That the Conference shall vote by orders; the ministers 
shall elect by ballot one man ; the laymen shall elect by ballot one 
man. The two men thus elected shall constitute the Stationing Com- 
mittee. 

Resolved, That said Committee shall be vested with authority to 



station the effective ministers and preachers of the Conference, and to 
supply all the charges in the district. 

Resolved, That the Conference voting as a body shall elect, by 
ballot, three ministers and three laymen, who shall constitute the 
Committee of Appeals. 

Resolved, That in the event the Stationing Committee cannot 
agree in the appointment of any minister or preacher, or in the sup- 
ply of any charge, they shall refer the matter, together with the 
statement of each man, to the Committee of Appeals, who shall con- 
sider and decide the contest, which decision shall be accepted by the 
Stationing Committee, and form the part of their report respecting 
said minister, preacher, or charge. 

Resolved, That in case any contest shall be brought before the 
Committee of Appeals which personally affects either minister, or the 
charge represented by either layman of the committee, that said min- 
ister or layman thus personally interested, shall be excused from 
service in the committee during the hearing of said contest. 

Resolved, That the Stationing Committee, together with the Com- 
mittee of Appeals, shall complete their work, and the report shall be 
presented to the Conference not earlier than the last day of the Con- 
ference, and so far as the Conference has jurisdiction said report shall 
be final. 

W. C. HAMMER, J. L. OGBURN, 

G. M. THOMPSON, W. W. AMICK, 

A. BRASWELL, JR., CLIFTON L. WHITAKER, 

J. F. McADAMS, T. M. JOHNSON, 

J. E. HARTSELL, W. C. KENNETT, 

J. E. BURROUGHS, W. F. KENNETT, 

I. I. YORK, C A. PICKENS, 

J. S. WILLIAMS, GEO. W. COBLE. 

On motion Conference proceeded to elect Stationing 
Conamittee. Tellers: Minister — W. F. Kennett; lay- 
man— D. W. Hardee. Minister elected on Stationing 
Committee, W. A. Bunch; layman elected, J. L. Ogburn. 

Conference adjourned to attend Thanksgiving services 
at the Friends Church. 



Second Day == Afternoon Session. 



On motion Yadkin College indebtedness was to be 
considered after election of Committee on Appeals. 

On motion the Assistant Secretary cast the entire vote 
of the Conference for the three ministers receivingf the 



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highest number of votes on first ballot. The ballot was 
cast for A. W. Linebery, C. A. Cecil and C. L. Whitaker. 
J. H. Pegram was elected layman on Committee of Ap- 
peals, and the Secretarj^ was instructed to cast the vote 
of the Conference. The vote was cast for G. S. Kerno- 
dle and D. W. Hardee. 

The order of the day having arrived. .the discussion of 
the Yadkin College debt was taken up. 

On motion the President appointed a committee to 
solicit funds to pay the debt on Yadkin College. Ap- 
pointed, J. H. Stowe. 

Brother Stowe presented the following resolution, 
which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the moneys collected for Yadkin College indebted- 
ness be paid over to the Trustees of this Conference and all pledges 
be paid to them by February i, 1898. And if enough is not secured 
by that time that they be empowered to borrow the money on as 
favorable condition as possible and settle said indebtedness at once, 
and take from the present trustees a deed made to the trustees of 
this annual Conference. 

J. H. STOWE, 
[. E. HARTSELL, 
b. A. HIGHFILL. 

Letter from Dr. Stephens was read and referred to 
Committee on Colleges. 

Following characters passed: W. W. Amick. J. D. 
Williams, 6. P. Routh, C. L. Whitaker, G. F. Millaway, 
R. E. Davis, W. F. Kennett, R. M. Andrews, C. E. M. 
Raper, T. M. Johnson, W. F. McDowell, J. H. Moton, 
N. M. Modlin. D. A. Braswell. J. R. Savage, C. A. Pick- 
ens, J. R. Hutton, C. A. Cecil, I. I. York, C. H. Whita- 
ker, H S. B. Thompson, C. E. Forlines, J. W. Frank, 
W. C. Lassiter, J. S. Williams, W. M. Pike, J. H. Stowe, 
W. F. Ashburn. 

On motion Conference adjourned. Benediction by 
Rev. W. W. Amick. 



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Second Day==Night Session. 



Conference assembled to hear the Conference sermon 
by Rev. J. R. Hutton. 

After the sermon the Committee on Literature pre- 
sented its report, which was read and then withdrawn. 

On motion Conference adjourned with prayer by 
Brother J. H. Moton. 



Third Day==norning Session. 



H. S. B. Thompson read the fifteenth Psalm and led in 
prayer. 

Rev. H. L. Elderdice, president of Westminster Theo- 
logical Seminary, was introduced to the Conference. 
Collection, $68.60. 

Minutes of the previous day read and approved. 

On motion resolution on Yadkin College debt recon- 
sidered. Resolution referred to J. H. Stowe. 

Characters of J. E. Hartsell, E. A. Plyler, J. F. Mc- 
Culloch, A. W. Linebery, W. L. Harris. E. G. Lowder- 
milk, W. C. Kennett, William Porter, J. F. Dosier, W. 
C. Hammer, W. R. Lowdermilk passed. 

Committee on Pastoral Work made its report: 

Your Committee on Pastoral Work would respectfully submit the 
following: 

The work of the minister is two-fold — that of pulpit teacher, and 
of pastor. Not more than half of the minister's effective gospel work 
is done in the pulpit; often the dest haU is done by contact with in- 
dividuals. Thus, true pastoral work is needed. It is the minister's 
duty to do this work, and so responsibility rests upon each one. 
Christ's teaching to us is; " Go out into the streets and lanes of the 
city and bring in the poor and maimed and halt and blind;" and 
also, "Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to 
come in." 

This is our duty as we find it in Christ's precept. This teaching is 
enforced by his example in his living tender association with human- 
ity. Next to man and wife, the most loving, strongest and tenderest 



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of human relations is that which ought to exist between pastor and 
people. He is Christ's representative, and is bound to take Christ as 
his example. Jesus was ever full of sympathy for all. He stooped 
to the lowest, and never repelled the most degraded. He went home 
with the rich, hated, unpopular Zaccheus, and saved him. He dealt 
personally, in teaching, with a woman of soiled character, at the well 
of Sychar, and this in open daylight, and which resulted in her salva- 
tion, and in bringing others under the power of his gospel truth. 

That other sinning woman who washed his feet with her tears re- 
ceived gentle treatment and saving grace from the loving Jesus. He 
took little children in his arms and blessed them. All this shows his 
brotherhood for all sorts and conditions of humanity. The good 
pastor goes as a shining light into the homes of the people. The 
minister who, for any cause, neglects pastoral work, and does not 
keep himself in touch with his flock, he and they are losers thereby. 
The work of the minister is to win souls to Christ and then help 
them to the higher life, and in doing this he must bring to bear 
"head, heart and hand. ' 

From these suggestions and others that cannot be given in this 
short report, your committee would urge all our pastors to seek divine 
guidance, and be fathful in this and all work for the loving Master. 

Your committee, fearing these reports are too much a formality 
rather than a reality, would suggest a review ot past reports on pas- 
toral work, and especially those written by Bros. T. J. Ogburn, T. 
M. Johnson and J. E. Hartsell, and published in minutes of Asheboro, 
Greensboro and Burlington conferences. 

W. C. KENNETT, Ch'm., 
J. W. GUYER, 
D. W. HARDEE, 
A. L. HUNTER. 
Adopted. 
Committee on President's Report made its report: 

1. We recommend that pastors be urged to look after contiguous 
territory and organize churches where advisable. (Adopted.) 

2. We recommend the consideration by this Conference of the 
appointment of a Conference Missionary. (Adopted.) 

3. In the matter of neglect of the Lord's Supper, we believe that 
the pastors are more at fault than the membership, and we recom- 
mend that the law in the Discipline on this subject be rigidly ob- 
served; and where the people are negligent, pastors preach on the 
subject, and endeavor to educate the people up to it. (Adopted.) 

4. As regards the maladministration, your committee believe 
there is no excuse for ignorance of the law, and in case of pastors we 
recommend they be reprimanded for failure to inform themselves of 
our church law, and that where Quarterly Conferences sit in judg- 
ment on the actions of the General Conference, this Conference do 
not recognize the credentials of its representative till the wrong be 
righted. (Adopted.) 

5. We recommend that the part of the report on boundaries be 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. (Adopted.) 

6. We are glad to say that in our opinion the great wrong com- 



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mitted by the Greensboro Conference, Minutes of 1895, pages 31 
and 32, has been remedied by the action of this Conference. 
(Adopted.) 

7. We desire to emphasize the importance of ministers devoting 
their whole time to the work. (Adopted.) 

8. We recommend that pastors be required to report to the Pres- 
ident immediately on entering upon his field of labor and give his 
post office as well as report quarterly thereafter, and in case of failure 
he receive a reprimand in open Conference. (Adopted.) 

9. Section on church paper be referred to Committee on Litera- 
ture. (Adopted. ) 

10. In the matter of Presidential visitation and collection, your 
committee has nothing to recommend, but refer to this Conference. 
(Adopted.) 

11. We recommend that special committee be appointed to inves- 
tigate matters connected with the Wells bequest and if possible report 
to this Conference. (Adopted.) 

12. That all other parts of the President's report be approved. 

C. L. WHITAKER, 
J. L. OGBURN, 
C. H. HARDIN. 

Order of the day having arrived, Brother T. J. Ogburn, 
Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Foreign Mis- 
sions, preached on foreign missions. 

On motion meeting of afternoon session deferred till 
1:30. 

On motion 2:30 was made the order of the day to hear 
report of Publishing House Committee. 

Conference adjourned. 



Third Day-=Afternoon Session. 



The President called Conference to order and resumed 
consideration of report of Committee on President's Re- 
port, which was considered by items and adopted. 

Committee on work in Asheville reported: 

Your committee to look after and report the situation in Asheville 
report that we find there to be quite a number of members in the 
city. An organization has been perfected the past year, but owing 
to the fact that they have services but one Sabbath in the month, but 
little progress has marked the year's labors. 



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It is the opinion of those who are best acquainted with the situa- 
tion that Asheville should be detached from Buncombe circuit, and 
that it shall constitute a mission. Therefore your committee recom- 
mend that it be made a mission. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. A. BUNCH, 
J. R. SAVAGE, 
J. H. GILL. 

Report referred to Committee on Boundaries. 

Character of the following passed: A. L. Hunter, J. 
L. Michaux, W. O. Davis, W. D. Fogleman. 

On motion Dr. Tagg was invited to preach at 7:30. 
Order of the day after preaching, to hear Rev. H. L. 
Elderdice, President of Westminster Theological Semi- 
nary. 

Order of the day deferred till 3 o'clock. 

Characters of the following passed: J. B. Tarlton, 
George E. Hunt, J. H. Totten. 

Committee on Christian Endeavor reported: 

Some one has defined Christian Endeavor to be "working with 
enthusiasm," and all our pastors admit that "where you can have a 
successful C. E. Society it is a great thing." The reports show that 
there are successful societies in town and country churches. 

We believe that the subdistrict superintendency has been helpful 
and successful. 

We again urge that a society be formed in each church and that 
the pastor help to bring the members to a definite line of work. 
"We are willing to work, but don't know what to do," is often heard. 
We also urge the pastor to promote spirituality as much as possible 
and that the sub-district superintendency be continued; being 
appointed in the same way and having the same duties as last year. 
We also commend the new feature of communication to and from 
Aunt Ruth through Oiir Church Record, and believe it to be very 
helpful and useful and would recommend that our C. E. Superintend- 
ents encourage this by personal appeals to the Juniors to write to 
Aunt Ruth. 

Respectfully submitted, 

G. W. MASSEY, 
J. F. McADAMS, 
C. E. M. RAPER, 
C. H. WHITAKER, 

ConiTTiittee. 
Report adopted. 
The following resolution was presented : 

Whereas, The custom of having the president to visit all the 
churches on each charge during the year requires more strength and 



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time than one man has at his disposal, in order to do well the work 
of the executive; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That all pastors in circuits be and are hereby urged to 
endeavor to make satisfactory arrangement with all their congrega- 
tions to come together at one or two appointments to meet the presi- 
dent, said arrangement to include as earnest and honest an effort to 
raise the president's salary at the points not visited as if he visited 
these points in person. Be it further 

Resolved, That as soon as such arrangement has been made it be 
so reported by the pastor to the president. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 
C. H. WHITAKER, 

Order of the day having arrived, it was deferred till 
the Trustees of Publishing House be ready to report. 

Character of J. N. Garrett passed. 

Conference adjourned. Benediction by W. C. Ham- 
mer. 



Third Day-^Night Session. 



Rev. F. T. Tagg, D. D., editor of The ^Methodist Pro- 
testant, preached to the Conference, after which Rev. 
H. L. Elderdice, president of Westminster Theological 
Seminary, addressed the Conference. 

The following resolution was read and adopted: 

Whereas, A call has been made to the North Carolina Confer- 
ence by the Board of Governors of the Westminster Theological 
Seminary for an assessment on the district of three hundred dollars 
for the aid of said Seminary; and 

Whereas, The President of this Conference, Rev. W. A. Bunch, 
and two members of the Board of Governors — Brother J. Norman 
Wills and Dr. F. R. Harris— have sent to our ministers a circular 
letter requesting a ready response to that appeal, 

Resolved, That this Conference approves of the recommendation 
of the President and the members of the Board of Governors, and 
that the sum of three hundred dollars be raised for the support of the 
Seminary, the amount to be apportioned among the various charges 
in the district in the same ratio as the President's salary. 

The Trustees of the Publishing House of the Methodist 
Protestant Church made their report. 

Conference adjourned with the benediction by Rev. H. 
L. Elderdice. 



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Fourth Day — Morning Session. 



Conference called to order by the President at 8:15, 
and religious exercises conducted by Rev. William Pike 
by reading the first chapter of 2 Corinthians, and prayer. 

Minutes of the previous day read and adopted. 

On motion Brothers A. J. Harris, L. R. Gooch and R. 
T. Pickens were invited to seats within the bar. 

Conference resumed consideration of report of Trus- 
tees of Publishing House, and it was approved. 

High Point, N. C, Nov. 26th, 1897. 

To the North Caroliiia Anmial Conference of the Methodist Protest- 
a?it Church, in session at High Point, N. C. 

Dear Brethren: — Pursuant to the provision made in the char- 
ter, the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Protestant PubUshing 
House begs to submit its annual report as follows : 

By reference to the last annual report it will be found that there 
was a balance of cash on hand of $13.22. Additional pledges to the 
amount of $441.50 were secured at the last Conference. 

As you are aware, it was the intention, when the enterprise was 
begun, to avoid all debt. It became apparent to the minds of the 
Trustees, however, that it might be desirable to command ready 
cash at times, hence your body passed a resolution at its last session 
authorizing the committee to provide necessary funds by hypothecat- 
ing subscriptions in hand, or an existing rent contract. 

The Building Committee made an earnest and continued effort to 
collect all outstanding pledges and increase the amount of the same 
before commencing work. It soon became apparent that we were at 
a standstill, and that, until we should begin work, we could hope for 
neither payments nor subscriptions. The Board of Trustees met in 
Greensboro in April, and, after canvassing the matter most thor- 
oughly, instructed the Building Committee to borrow money so as to 
enable them to go on with the work, depending upon pledges in hand 
and income from rent to pay such indebtedness. This plan has been 
carried out, and the building is now practically completed, at a total 
cost, including lot, of $7,885.00. There has been pledged in all 
$5,468.44, of which $4,779.69 has been collected. $689.75 in pledges 
still remain unpaid. It is to be hoped that all of this will be paid, 
but at this late stage considerable margin must be allowed for shrink- 
age. A balance of $2,642.50, above subscriptions considered good, 
still remains unpaid. 

It is in order to explain why the cost of the building and lot is so 
largely in excess of what was at first contemplated — $5,000.00 The 
Building Committee found that there was every reason for erecting a 
building in every way creditable, as it would bring increased revenue, 
besides adding much to the prestige of our Church. 



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It would not have been possible to carry out the plan, however, 
but for the generous proposition of the Publisher, who has agreed to 
allow the greater part of the income promised him under the origi- 
nal proposition to be devoted toward liquidating the debt. 

Your Board of Trustees, however, have a proposition to submit 
looking to increasing the circulation of the paper, thus allowing the 
income, less expenses, to be appropriated toward liquidating the 
debt. The income, under present prospects, will probably amount 
to about $750.00, less expenses. 

J. NORMAN WILLS, 

Secretary. 

On motion R. M. Holt was seated as alternate in place 
of delegate who goes home. 

Money for Theological Seminary and Ministerial Edu- 
cation to be turned over to Rev. H. L. Elderdice. 

Conference then resumed consideration of Presidential 
visitation. Brother J. R. Hutton offered as a substitute 
that the President formulate a plan and present same to 
the Conference for approval. 

Brothers Hartsell, Amick and Davidson re-elected 
Conference Trustees for two years. 

On motion C A. Cecil, A. W. Linebery and J. L. 
Ogburn elected to succeed themselves for three years as 
Conference Trustees. 

Characters of the following passed: G. A. Austin and 
H. D. Garmon. 

Committee on ordinances presented its report: 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES. 



We, as Methodist Protestants, in common with other Protestant 
bodies of Christians, recognize two ordinances of the Christian church, 
viz: Baptism and Lord's Supper. And while we do not recognize 
the observance of either of them as a condition upon which sins are 
forgiven, or that the elements used in them have any cleansing 
efficacy whatever, to take away sin, still we do recognize them as 
"certain signs of grace, and God's good-will towards us, by the 
which He doth work invisibly in us;" therefore we recommend that 
all pastors and churches co-operate earnestly in faithfully observing 
both ordinances, according to our Articles of Faith and Discipline; 
especially the Lord's Supper and Infant Baptism, in regard to which 
there seems to be the most neglect. 

J. F. DOSIER, 
J. F. WHITAKER, 
M. BROWN, 
A. L. THOMAS. 
Conference adjourned. 



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Fourth Day — Afternoon Session. 



President called Conference to order. 
Report of Committee on Ordinances approved. 
Committee on Boundaries presented report, which was 
considered by items, amended and adopted. 

Your Committee on Boundaries recommend : 

1. That North Granville Circuit be changed to Vance Circuit. 
(Adopted.) 

2. That Pedee Circuit be attached to Flag Spring Circuit. 
(Adopted.) 

3. That Charlotte, New Union and Brower's be detached from 
Flag Spring Circuit; that Giles' Chapel and Davis' Chapel be 
detached from Asheboro and Cedar Falls Circuit ; that these five 
churches constitute a new Circuit to be known as Richland Circuit. 
(Adopted.) 

4. That Westfield Mission be dropped. (Adopted.) 

5. That Asheville and Swannanoa be detached from Buncombe 
Circuit and be made a Mission to be known as the Asheville Mission. 
(Adopted.) 

6 That Shiloh be detached from Winston Circuit and that Lexing- 
ton and Shiloh be made a Circuit known as Lexington Circuit. 
(Adopted.) 

7. That Whitaker's and Speight's Chapel be detached from Tar 
River Circuit and attached to Roanoke Circuit, and that Harmony 
be attached to Halifax Circuit, and that Tar River be dropped from 
the roll. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

J. E. HARTSELL, 
J. L. OGBURN, 
J. E. BUROUGHS, 
J. N. GILL, 
C. H. HARDIN. 

On motion the Secretary is required to publish in Our 
Church Record at such times as he may deem wise such 
action of this Conference as, in his judgment, should be 
brought before the people of the district. 

Auditing Committee's report adopted. 

Letter from Rev. J. C. Berrien, Secretary of Ministerial 
Education, read. 

Report of Committee on Temperance adopted: 

There is no longer any difference of opinion among right thinking 
people concerning the evil of the liquor traffic. All such people are 



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agreed that the traffic is evil and only evil, robbing men of their 
money, destroying their bodies and damning their souls. The time 
has passed when any Christian can afford to be silent or inactive. 
The extent of the ruin being wrought demands immediate, continuous 
and emphatic action, such action as will be felt and as will make 
enemies of the advocates of the traffic. 

We believe it the Christian duty of every friend of temperance to 
patronize in his business or profession any man who has the courage 
to take a stand for the temperance cause thereby, in many instances, 
losing from his business or profession, the patronage of those favor- 
ing the liquor traffic. 

We also believe that temperance workers should make a. continu- 
ous organized effort, rather than some spasmodic effort just preced- 
ing an occasion, (election, for an example) to decide some question 
affecting the liquor traffic; that all preachers should preach from 
time to time clear, straightout temperance sermons; that all Christian 
men should and will vote against the liquor traffic whenever an op- 
portunity is offered. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 
W. M. PIKE, 
J. E. STAFFORD, 
WALTER BEAVANS, 
R. H. BROOKS. 



Brother Webb, of the M. E. Church, South, was intro- 
duced to Conference. 

Report of Committee on Missions approved: 



The Board of Home Missions has been a useful agency in the 
spread of our denomination and in its firm establishment in important 
centers of population. We deplore the fact that receipts have fallen 
so far below expectation as to leave the Board several thousand dol- 
lars in debt. The new Secretary and Treasurer, however, hopes 
that responses to the appeal recently directed to pastors will be such 
as to enable him to pay off all debts by April next. We heartily 
recommend that our pastors and people co-operate with Secretary 
Chambers in the effort to pay for work already done, and to continue 
work of the same kind as Providence may open the way. We think 
that this general interest should be among the first to receive the 
attention of our pastors and people in the ensuing Conference year. 

The Board of Foreign Missions is out of debt, and its work in 
Japan is in a hopeful condition, requiring the services of the addi- 
tional missionaries recently sent. The enlargement of the work will 
require a corresponding enlargement of the income of the Board, and 
Secretary Ogburn, foreseeing the need, has sounded a note of warn- 
ing against the danger of debt, and in view of the specially increased 
need has appealed for special Christmas offerings for this holy cause. 
We would recommend that our pastors present this matter wherever 
they have opportunity to urge it upon the attention of our 
people as they select the objects of their Christmas offerings. 



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We believe that Children's Day should be observed in every church, 
and that the collection for Foreign Missions should be taken from the 
adults as well as from the children. 

J. F. Mcculloch, 

W. W. AMICK, 

w. F. Mcdowell, 

G. W. COBLE, 
R. G. PROCTOR. 

Report of Committee on Sunday Schools approved : 

Since the pastor is required by the Discipline to see that a Sunday 
School be organized in every church. 

And the Sunday School Superintendent is entitled to a seat in the 
Quarterly Conference, 

And the Ouartetly Conference is authorized to provide for the 
election of Sunday School officers and to see that our own literature 
is used, 

And since in many churches the only weekly meeting is the Sunday 
School, 

It is evident that the Sunday School is a vital part of our church 
life. 

1. We recommend that Superintendents be required to present 
written reports to each Quarterly Conference giving account of the 
attendance, collections, the increase or decrease in the membership. 
The report at the last Quarterly Conference to be a summary of the 
work of the year. 

To this end we recommend, 

2. That suitable record books be used by the schools so as to 
make it possible to make accurate reports. 

3. That a determined effort be made to get every church member 
and available non-church 'member into the school. 

4. To favor those who cannot attend by carrying the Sunday 
School to them. To secure the names of those who will agree to 
study the lessons regularly. To furnish them with literature, and 
visit them at stated times, not less than once a month, to discuss the 
lessons and give any instructions necessary. 

5. We recommend that conscientious class work be insured by 
thorough preparation on the part of teachers and superintendent. 
That the main purpose be to win the pupils to Jesus and to give 
them a thorough knowledge of the text. 

J. S. WILLIAMS, 
G. M. THOMPSON, 
J. R. SAVAGE, 
J. H. STOWE. 

Report of Committee on Correspondence adopted: 

The committee on correspondence submit the following report : 
We have received through the Secretary of the Conference letters 



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from Rev. Geo. E. Hunt, Rev. L. L. Allbright, Rev. G. W. Bow- 
man, also Bro. T. L. Whitaker. 

The letters received from the ministers referred to Stationing Com- 
mittee. 

Greetings from Bro. Whitaker duly appreciated. 

W. L. HARRIS, Ch'm. 
C. A. PICKENS, 
I. I. YORK, 
J. H. SPENCER. 

Brother Johnson offered the following, which was 
adopted: 

Resolved, That the President of this Conference be requested to 
name, not less than two months prior to the next session, one man 
to discuss each subject on which reports are to be presented for con- 
sideration and adoption. 

The following was adopted: 

Whereas, Were it possible to avoid payment of the debt due 
on Yadkin College, such a step would dishonor this Conference; and 

Whereas, It is impossible to avoid the payment, and an attempt 
would only incur the dishonor, therefore be it 

Resolved, That those who have paid or pledged for said indebt- 
edness be, and are hereby requested to pay into the hands of the 
Trustees of this Annual Conference by February ist such money, 
to by them used in liquidating said debt as iar as it will go. 

Resolved, Further, that the Trustees be authorized to borrow, on 
as favorable conditions as possible, sufficient money to entirely com- 
plete the payment of the whole debt, and a deed to said trustees be 
taken. 

Resolved, That we pledge ourselves to raise and pay such bor- 
rowed money by the next session of this Conference. 

The following were elected members of the Board of 
Church Extension: Ministers — W. A. Bunch, W. W. 
Amick, T. J. Ogburn; laymen — B. Davidson, J. H.Pegram. 

Report of faculty presented and approved: 

We would recommend for admission to the course of study, Bros. 
J. H. Bowman and J. B. O'Briant. 

We would recommend for ordination Bros. Wm. Porter, W, D. 
Fogleman, J. W. Frank. 

We would recommend for election to membership in the Confer- 
ence Bro. Wm. Porter. 

The following have passed in the studies named : W. O. Davis, 
J. W. Frank, G. H. Austin, C. E. Forlines, R. M. Andrews, J. B 
O'Briant and J. H. Bowman, in Binney's Compend; R. M. Andrew 



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and Wm. Porter in "Preparation and Delivery of Sermons;" D. A. 
Braswell, R E. Davis, E. G. Lowdermilk, J. W. Frank, W. O. 
Davis, R. M. Andrews, in "The Pastor Amidst His Flock;" Wm. 
Porter J. W. Frank, in Bassett's History, and Wm. Porter in Rals- 
ton's Elements of Divinity, Watson's Institutes and Blackburn's 
Church History; Wm. Porter, R. M. Andrews and J. W. Frank, in 
Hart's Rhetoric : W. D. Fogleman and Wm. Porter, in Hopkin's 
Law of Love ; W. D. Fogleman, in Butler's Analogy; W. D. Fogle- 
man, Wm. Porter, R. E. Davis, C. E. Forlines, J. W. Frank, in 
Logic. 

W. A. BUNCH, Ch'm. 

J. F. Mcculloch, Sec. 

Special committee on the Wells bequest: J. R. Sav- 
age, J. R. Hutton, D. W. Hardee. 

On motion creation of Conference Missionary be re- 
ferred to Board of Church Extension to formulate plans 
and report to this Conference. 

Election law amended by adding: "And that pastor, 
immediately after fourth Quarterly Conference, certify to 
the Secretary of the Annual Conference the representa- 
tive elected." 

On motion election law as amended be published in 
the minutes, as amended since last published. 

Prof. J. Allen Holt made an honorary member of Con- 
ference. 

Brother Harrell, of the Presbyterian Church, introduced 
to Conference. 

On motion report of special committee for Yadkin 
College re-referred to said committee. 

Committee on Finance presented report. 

Consideration of report on Finance waived to hear re- 
port of Committee on Ministerial Moral Character, which 
was read and adopted. 

Report of Committee on Finance taken up, amended, 
and adopted: 



Your Committee on Finance wishes to make the following report: 
1st. We have reasons to believe that reports to this Conference 
will show an increased contribution to the causes of Foreign Missions, 
Church Extension and Superannuates. We fear the reports for other 
interests are not so good. It is not the province of your committee 
to comment upon the past, but to lay plans and suggest means for 
the future. 

We feel sure that the cause of Foreign Missions is safe in the hands 
of our worthy Secretary and Treasurer, so far as plans and means are 
concerned, and we would urge the church in North Carolina to ac- 



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cept all the means that have been and may be given them by Brother 
Ogburn, and pray God's blessings upon the cause of Foreign Missions. 

2nd. We look with great interest upon the work of Local Mis- 
sions, and consider it of vital importance that we "enlarge the place 
of our tent." We think the result of the past and the hope of the 
future should give us some inspiration to press forward in this work. 
We recommend the use of the envelope in taking this collection. 

3rd. We recommend the report of the Conference of 1896 in re- 
gard to Superannuates, which is as follows: 

" We feel constrained to call the attention of this Conference to 
the responsibility of caring for our superannuates and the widows of 
deceased ministers and their families. We have men who have 
borne the heat and burden of the day; men who have wrought long 
and well in the ranks of the itineracy. Some of these have already 
been superannuated and others of necessity must become so soon. 

"We deem it a sacred duty devolving upon our church to care for 
these men of God who have been compelled to toil on small salaries, 
and have by their labors so advanced the cause of Methodist Pro- 
testantism in North Carolina as to make it possible for the younger 
members of this body to receive a more comfortable support. 

"{a) We recommend, therefore, that each pastor be required — 
not requested — to present this cause to all the churches under his 
charge and receive such contributions to this cause as he may induce 
them to make. 

"((5) We make these recommendations not in advocacy of char- 
ity, but prompted by a sense of justice toward these brethren for 
their faithfulness and usefulness to our church, and believing that to 
leave them uncared for is a crying shame upon us and our people," 

4th. We recommend that other general interests receive the at- 
tention which this Conference requires. If neglect upon the pastor 
is apparent the matter shall receive the attention of the Conference. 

5th. We do not recommend any definite assessment per capita 
for these general interests. 

6th. In the collection for pastors' salaries we would recommend 
the election of good and faithful persons whose integrity is not ques- 
tioned by any. Also that we use the assessment plan passed by the 
Annual Conference, and that each steward be required to report pub- 
licly each quarter the amount received and from whom. We further 
recommend as a system that tithing be a minimum for paying to the 
Lord. 

7th. We recommend that the President's salary be $1,000, ap- 
portioned as follows : 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls, $25.00 Albemarle, $15.00 

Alamance, $35.00 Buncombe, $20.00 

Burlington, $7.50 Richland Circuit, $17.00 

Catawba, $18.00 Chatham, $15.00 

Caldwell, $5.00 Cleveland, $27.00 

Davidson, $30 00 Flat Rock, $40. 00 

Flag Springs, $25.00 Forsyth, $25.00 

Granville, $30.00 Guilford, $25.00 

Greenville, $20.00 Gibsonville, $10.00 

Greensboro Station, $15 Halifax, $30.00 



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Henderson Station, $27.50 
High Point, $10.00 
Lexington Circuit, $10.00 
LaGrange, $20.00 
Lincoln, $27.00 
Mecklenburg, $20.00 
Mt. Hermon, $35.00 
Randolph, $22.50 
Randleman, Worthville, $20.00 
Surry, $20.00 
Spring Church, $10.00 
Uwharrie, $22.00 
Winston Station, $10.00 
Wadesboro, $7.00 
Asheville, $5.00 



Haw River, $35.00 
Ivy, $18.00 
Littleton, $18.00 
Liberty, $25.00 
Mocksville, $20.00 
Monroe, $8.00 
Orange, $25.00 
Roanoke, $35.00 
Saxapahaw, $15.00 
Stanly, $20.00 
Tabernacle, $35.00 
Vance, $25.00 
Winston Circuit, $20.00 
Yadkin, $10.00 

J. R. HUTTON, O'w. 
H. S. B. THOMPSON, 
A. BRASWELL, Jr., 
A. P. IVESTER. 



On motion a committee of three was appointed to dis- 
burse money for Superannuates. 

Dr. Hartsell authorized to send money for American 
Bible Society to Dr. Law. 

On motion Conference adjourned. 

Benediction by W. VV. Amick. 



Fourth Day—Night Session. 



Conference called to order by the President at 7:15. 
The following resolution came up from the Henderson 
Quarterly Conference and was adopted: 



On motion the Quarterly Conference will request Rev. J. F. Mc- 
Culloch to prepare an address on " The Doctrine and Polity of the 
M. P. Church," to be delivered here some time in the future, the 
date to be agreed upon ; and furthermore this Quarterly Conference 
suggests to the Annual Conference that they join in a request to Bro. 
McCulloch that this address be prepared with a view to delivering it 
at any point in the bounds of the Conference where it may be 
desired. 

The above action was taken at our Fourth Quarterly Conference, 
November 3rd, 1897. 

F. S. HARRIS, Secretary. 



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Committee to disburse money for Superannuates: J. E. 
Hartsell, J. H. Stovve and J. H. Pegram. 

On motion Rev. J. F. McCulloch was elected Commit- 
tee to Publish Minutes. 

The following resolution was presented and adopted: 



This Annual Conference desires to express its pleasure to the editor 
of the High Point Enterprise for engraved copies of our church, 
gratis, furnished to the members of this body. 

J. S. DUNN, 
J. R. SAVAGE. 



. Committee on Colleges reported, and report was re- 
committed. 

The following resolution was presented and approved: 



Resolved, That the pastors and laymen, members of this Confer- 
ence, be and are hereby urged to endeavor to get the Sunday Schools 
and Christian Endeavor Societies on their various charges to make a 
Thanksgiving or Christmas offering of useful articles, such as cloth- 
ing, provisions and the like, to the Orphanage at Oxford, N. C. 



The following was presented and approved: 



Whereas, The Methodist Protestant is one of the genera! organs 
of the M. P. Church, and is therefore expected to furnish information 
concerning each Conference District; and 

Whereas, The editor cannot furnish said information without 
the co-operation of the ministry and laity, therefore be it 

Resolved, That we heartily co-operate with the editor of said paper 
both by furnishing news items and by aiding in the extension of its 
circulation. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 

C. H. WHITAKER, 

D. W. HARDEE. 



The following was presented and approved: 



Resolved, That the President's plan of appointments shall not be 
published in the church papers, thereby leaving him free to make his 
plans and if need be any special arrangements between the pastor 
and himself, through private correspondence. 

W. E. SWAIN, 

C. L. WHITAKER. 



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The report on Literature presented and approved: 

Your Committee on Literature would submit the following report: 
The Methodist Protestant, under the able editorial guidance of Dr. 
Tagg, was never better, if ever so good as at present. This, the old 
mother paper, together with the Methodist Recorder, is worthy of a 
much larger circulation among our people. The only way to be in- 
telligent on the work of the general church is to read one or both of 
these general organs. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LITERATURE. 

We are gratified to believe that more and more of our Sunday 
Schools are discarding Union Literature and substituting "Our Own." 
Pastors should use their best efforts to hasten the day when only our 
literature will be used in Methodist Protestant Sunday Schools. 

OUR CHURCH RECORD. 

That which most concerns us as a Conference is the permanent 
establishment and enlargement of our local church paper. 

The membership of our Conference have recently viewed with 
pleasure, the new Methodist Protestant publishing house, now being 
brought to completion in the city of Greensboro, which is to be the 
future beautiful and attractive home of Our Chtirch Record. The 
Editor is to be congratulated upon his success in launching and 
bringing to a successful conclusion this important church enterprise 
and upon the excellence of the paper, as well as the regularity with 
which it reaches the subscribers. It is very desirable that the paper 
be enlarged and otherwise improved in the near future. This is only 
possible by an increased circulation. Indeed, the comfortable ex- 
istence of the paper with its present proportions imperatively demands 
an increased number of permanent and paying subscribers. To the 
accomplishment of this end, we would direct our best endeavors. 
Nor should the responsibility of its accomplishment rest wholly upon 
the ministry ; let every intelligent and loyal layman lend a helping 
hand and let there be no cessation of effort until Our Church Record, 
enlarged and improved, shall go into every Methodist Protestant 
home within the bounds of the N. C. Conference. 

We would recommend that the pastors and the President of the 
Conference write more frequently for publication, believing as we do, 
that no department of the paper is of so much interest to the general 
reader as news from the field. 

We endorse the "History of the M. P. Church," written by Dr. E. 
J. Drinkhouse and commend it to the patronage of the church. 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. F. KENNETT, Ch'm. 
E. A. PLYLER, 
W. F. ASHBURN, 
J. H. PEGRAM, 
A. E. CARTER. 



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On motion assessments made for Superannuates same 
as last year and apportioned as last year. 

Same plan for collecting Church Extension funds, with 
same committee. 

On motion Standing Committee to make Preliminary 
Report, report to be heard and recommitted without dis- 
cussion. 

Conference adjourned. Benediction by VV. W. Amick. 



Fifth Day=-Sunday. 



Immediately after the sermon Sunday morning Revs. 
W. D. Fogleman, J. W. Frank and Wm. Porter, the 
brethren elected to Elder's Orders on Saturday, were in- 
troduced and ordained by President W. A. Bunch. 

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock memorial services of 
Rev. J. R. Walton were held and the obituary prepared 
by the Committee was read. 



Sixth Day=-Morning Session. 



Rev. O. P. Routh read 2 Cor. 4, and led in prayer. 

Minutes were read and approved. 

The motion requiring the Stationing Committee to 
present a Preliminary Report reconsidered and approved. 

On motion the Preliminary Report of Stationing Com- 
mittee to be made to Conference only. 

Committee on Fraternal Relations presented its report 
which was approved: 

1. We have had with us at this session Rev. F. T. Tagg, D. D., 
editor of the Methodist Protestant, which interest he faithfully repre- 
sented, and we are always pleased to have him with us in annual 
sessions. 

2. We have had with us also Rev. H. L. Elderdice, President of 



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Westminster Theological Seminary, who bears greetings from J. W. 
Hering, President of General Conference ; Rev. L. W. Bates, D. D., 
Rev. T. H. Lewis, D. D., President of Western Maryland College; 
Prof. S. Simpson, and Brothers Dixon and Hartsell, who are stu- 
dents in Western Maryland College. We are pleased to receive 
greetings from the above named brethren, and they may expect our 
sympathy and hearty co-operation in their work. 

3. We also have had in our midst the Secretary and Treasurer of 
the Board of Foreign Missions in the person of Rev. T. J. Ogburn, 
who preached an excellent sermon on Foreign Missions, and we trust 
and believe that his work among us has been helpful to all who heard 
him. 

All of which is most respectfully submitted. 

C. A. CECIL, Chm'n, 

D. L. SURRATT, 
S. N. GUYER, 

J. D. ANDERSON. 

Committee on Wells Bequest reported. 
The following- motion was adopted: 

Moved that a committee consisting of the President of the Confer- 
ence, the pastor of Buncombe Circuit for the year 1898 and one other 
to be selected by these two be appointed to investigate facts concern- 
ing the Wells' will and report to the session of this Conference in 
November, 1898. 

Money in hands of Bro. Routh for Colleges ordered 
turned over to Bro. Stowe for Yadkin College. 

Bro. Forlines was instructed to send money collected 
for Home Missions to the Corresponding Secretary of 
that Board. 

The Exam.ining Board presented an additional report 
which was adopted as follows: 

We recommend the ordination of Bro. C. E. Forlines to the Order 
of Elder. 

On motion, resolutions regarding Yadkin College 
reconsidered, amended and approved: 

Resolved, That the matter of satisfying creditors be referred to 
a committee consisting of the President of the Annual Conference, 
Revs. J. H. Stowe and W. F. Kennett, and Bros. W. P. Pickett, J. 
L. Ogburn and J. A. Holt and that this committee be directed to 
to proceed as follows: 

To continue to urge the payment of all assessments for this object 



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and to solicit individual pledges therefor until the whole amount is 
raised, provided this is accomplished by February ist, 1898. 

In case the amount secured by February ist, 1898, is not sufficient 
to discharge the indebtedness, the committee shall then try to engage 
a Methodist Protestant principal for a school to be conducted in the 
college building who will advance the balance necessary to pay the 
debt in consideration of the use of the building for school purposes 
for such time as shall be agreed upon between the committee anp 
the principal. In making such arrangement the present principals 
Prof. G. W. Holmes, shall be given the preference. 

In case no satisfactory arrangement of this kind can be made 
within a reasonable time, the committee shall then seek for members 
of the Methodist Protestant Church who will advance the balance 
needed in consideration of the control of the property for school pur- 
poses for such time as may be agreed upon. 

In case this arrangement cannot be made, the committee shall 
then, with the consent of those who have claims on the property, 
sell the same and apply the proceeds to the payment of the debt, but 
shall hold money which has been conditionally contributed to the 
Annual Conference, subject to the order of the Annual Conference 
at its next session. 

When the debt is paid the property shall be transferred to the in- 
corporated Board of Trustees of this Conference. 

The ordination of Bro. Forlines was made the order of 
the day for 2 o'clock to-day. 

On motion photograph of Conference to be taken at 
1:30. 

Committee on Colleges again presented its report and 
it was approved: 

We are pleased to have an opportunity to express our pleasure in 
knowing that the Methodist Protestant Church has two schools of 
high grade and in successful operation, known as Western Maryland 
and Adrian Colleges. We are glad to know that these schools are 
doing much for our church and much for the kingdom of Christ; we 
therefore recommend them to those who are seeking such advantages 
and religious training as they give. 

As to Yadkin College, there has been so much written of late about 
this institution that your committee think it unnecessary to go over 
the old ground in this report. Its indebtedness is one of its troubles, 
but we are glad to know that the means being raised are nearing the 
capacity of liquidating its debts. We trust the good work will go on 
to a speedy relief of all indebtedness and we urge this Conference to 
take immediate steps to this end. We also hope it will be patronized 
by our people, and friends outside of our denomination. 

Your committte also feel deeply interested in the Kansas City Uni- 
versity, it being located in the great West. If successful, great good 
will come to the church and to the cause of Christ through its instru- 
mentality, and we hope that the liberality of the brethren and friends 
who have means will be such that this institution will be put on a 



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safe foundation at once. Having received a communication from 
Bro. D. S. Stephens through the Conference and after having care- 
fully considered the same, we find that we cannot comply with the 
proposition of H. J. Heinz. We therefore recommend that each pas- 
tor present within two months after having arrived upon his fields of 
labor this Institution and ask a donation for the same and forward to 
H, H. Cowan, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Your committee also takes great pleasure in presenting the claims 
of Falston Institute, a school belonging to the North Carolina Annual 
Conference. This school is calculated to do much good in the sur- 
rounding community and to all who seek the training it gives We, 
therefore, recommend the same to all who are seeking tuition in a 
school of the same grade. 

Your committee has the pleasure, also, of presenting Oak Ridge 
Institute, though not a denominational school, yet, on account of the 
work it has done for our Conference in the way of preparing our 
young men for the ministry. 

Therefore, '■'■ Resolved, that the liberality of the principals of Oak 
Ridge Institute toward our denomination in giving free tuition to our 
young men studying for the ministry, is worthy of our appreciation 
and we tender them our thanks for the favor shown us in this respect." 
The above resolution by Rev. Prof J. F. McCulloch and Rev. J. 
H. Stowe, your committee, with pleasure adopts. 

A. W. LINEBERRY, 
W. C. HAMMER, 
G. S. KERNODLE, 
W. F. BOWMAN, 
G. G. HENDRIX. 

Report of Committee on Ministerial Moral Character 
was recommitted. 



Sixth Day==Afternoon Session. 



Conference called to order at i o'clock by W. F. Ken- 
nett. 

Rev. J. F. McCulloch presented the following which 
was approved: 

Resolved, That each of the Boards and Societies responsible to 
this Annual Conference should make annual report to this body of 
the state of affairs committed to it, including a statement of the 
receipts and disbursements of money. 

Resolved, That the incorporated Board of Trustees or its Treas- 
urer should give bond for the faithful use of money or property com- 
mitteed to said Board. 



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Committee on Ministerial Moral Character again report 
and the report was approved: 



We your Committee to whom has been referred the question of the 
Ministerial Moral Character of Bro. J. G. W. Holloway, beg leave to 
report: 

1st. We find that there is no positive evidence that he is guilty 
of crime. 

2nd. We find that, by his own statement, his conduct has been 
such that it amounts to gross carelessness and criminal thoughtless- 
ness at least, and that there was such indiscretion as forces us to 
recommend that his character does not pass. 

3rd. We recommend that he be left in the hands of the President, 
this Conference expressing no opinion as to his guilt or innocence, to 
allow him an opportunity to exonerate himself before the President, 
who shall have power to give him such work as in his judgment he 
may see fit. 

A. W. LINEBERRY, 
W. C. KENNETT, 
W. C. HAMMER, 
D. A. HIGHFILL, 
J. N. GARRETT, Sec. 

On motion Uwharrie (Circuit requested to pay balance 
due Rev. J. R. Walton, the pastor to act as agent to col- 
lect it, and pay on Bro. Walton's debts. 

Order of day for 2 o'clock deferred till 7 to-night. 

The following was presented and approved: 



Your Committee to Disburse Money Collected for Superannuates 
recommend as follows: 

Mrs. A . J. Laughlin $ 5 00 

Mrs. James Deans 30 00 

Sallie Albright 10 00 

R. R. Michaux 50 00 

J. N. Garrett 40 00 

Mrs. J. G. Whitfield 20 00 

J. E. HARTSELL, 
J. H. PEGRAM, 
J. H. STOWE. 

On motion balance on hand from collection for Super- 
annuates to be turned to Superannuate Fund Society. 

On motion the work of the Stationing Committee to 
be submitted to the Committee on Appeals and reported 
without preliminary reading. 

After the reading of the aggregate of each the report 



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of the Conference Stewards was approved. 

On motion the President requested to revise, if need be, 
Rules of Order and Programme of Business, and they be 
published in the Minutes of Conference. 

Conference adjourned with prayer by Bro. Stowe. 



Sixth Day==Night Session. 



President called Conference to order and Bro. C. E. 
Forlines was introduced and ordained to the office of 
Elder. 

Report of Obituary Committee approved. 

Rev. T. M. Johnson offered the following which was 
approved: 

Resolved, That the President shall appoint a Committee of three 
to recommend to the next Annual Conference a three years' course 
of study for licentiates, the annual renewal of their license to depend 
on passing a satisfactory examination before the Committee of Exam- 
ination provided for on page 62, Section 3, of the Discipline: pro- 
I'idcd that when any licentiate shall have passed three satisfactory 
annual examinations including the entire course, the renewal of his 
license shall no longer depend upon such examination. 

Resolved, That until such course shall have been provided by the 
Annual Conference, each Committee of Examination shall provide 
its own course of examination before his license shall be renewed. 

The following was presented and approved: 

Resolved, That this Conference tender the people of High Point 
of all denominations, and Rev. W. R. Lowdermilk, pastor of M. P. 
Church, a rising vote of thanks for the kind and hospitable manner 
in which they have welcomed and entertained the members of Con- 
ference and the visitors. 

C. H. HARDIN, 
T. M. JOHNSON. 

Superannuate Fund Society presented Minutes of its 
meetings held since last Conference: 

The Board of Managers of the Superannuate Fund Society of the 
Methodist Protestant Church in North Carolina met in Grace Church, 



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Greensboro, N. C, on the loth day of February, 1897, this being 
a called meeting of said Board. The following members were pres- 
ent, viz.: J. W. Heath, President; W. W. Amick, Vice-President; 
J. L. Ogburn and W. C. Hammer. J F. Harris was present by proxy. 

The meeting opened by reading a portion of Scripture and prayer. 

W. C. Hammer was elected Secretary pro tem. 

W. W. Amick moved that we appropriate $25 00 to Rev. J. N. 
Garrett in the event we have the money on hand that we can legally 
appropriate, and if not now on hand, to pay him out of the first funds 
that come into our hands. Adopted. 

W. W. Amick moved that W. C. Hammer be appointed a com- 
mittee to confer with the Treasurer and counsel, if necessary, as to 
the disposition of certain funds now in the treasury. 

On motion the minutes were read and adopted. 

On motion the meeting adjourned. 



The Board of the Superannuate Fund Society of the North Caro- 
lina Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church met in the M. 
P. Church in High Point, N. C, on November 27th, 1897, it being 
during the session of the Conference. The following members were 
present, viz.: J. W. Heath, President; W. W. Amick, Vice-Presi- 
dent; J. L. Ogburn, W. C. Hammer, and J. C. Roberts by pro.xy. 

W. C. Hammer was elected Secretary pro tem. 

Edward Wills was elected a member of this Board. 

Bro. Edward Wills, agent for the Board, reports and pays over 
$35.40, for which he has our receipt. 

J. L. Ogburn was appointed to pay over said money to W. O. 
Donnell, Secretary and Treasurer. 

Bro. Edward Wills was continued our agent for our property in 
Halifax county, and is hereby authorized to sell said property, if, in 
his judgment, he thinks it is to the best interest of the Church. 

On motion the Board adjourned to meet again on Monday, the 
29th of November, 1897. 



Monday, November 29th, 1897. 

The Board met according to adjournment. 

On motion it was ordered that in the event our agent cannot effect 
a sale of our property in Halifax county, then it shall become his 
duty to rent the same at a standing rent. 

Rev. J. E. Hartsell handed over, by order of the Annual Confer- 
ence, $53.30 to be paid out under the direction of the Conference, 
and not to go into the permanent fund. J. L. Ogburn was appointed 
to convey said money to W. O. Donnell, Secretary and Treasurer, 
and take receipt for same. 

On motion it was ordered that the Secretary and Treasurer be asked 
to pay 6 per cent, on all moneys in his hands belonging to this Board. 

On motion the minutes were read and adopted. 

On motion the meeting adjourned. 

J. W. HEATH, 

W. C. HAMMER, President. 

Secretary Pro Tem. 



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President read his Financial Report and it was ap- 
proved. 

Report of Committee on Boundaries was reconsidered, 
amended and approved. 

On motion Conference held devotional exercises. 

Board of Church Extension presented their report and 
it was approved: 

November 29, 1897. 
Cash on hand $557 '9 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

To W. R. Lowdermilk, $ 50 00 

E. G. Lowdermilk 3^ 55 

W. O. Davis 100 00 

J. G. W. Holloway 100 00 

Lexington Church 40 00 

Littleton Church 40 00 

Plymouth Church 40 00 

Edenton Church 40 00 

Gumberry Church 20 00 

Lew London Church 20 00 

Palestine Church 7 50 

Gideon's Grove Church 7 50 

Red Hill Church 15 00 

Printing, envelopes, blanks, etc 22 00 

Telegram 25 

$540 80 

Balance on hand November 29, 1897 $ 16 39 

The appropriations to Lexington, Littleton, Plymouth, Edenton 
and New London Churches, are made on condition that these 
churches are to be insured for the benefit of the N. C. Conference, 
M. P. Church. 

The appropriations to Palestine and Gideon Grove Churches are 
to be paid when the treasurer is assured sufficient amounts have been 
raised by their congreagtions to paint these churches —sufficient in- 
cluding these appropriations. 

We recommend the appointment of a Conference Missionary to be 
under the direction of the Board of Church Extension. 

T. J. OGBURN, Sec. 

Stationing- Committee reported: 

Alamance W. F. McDowell. 

Albemarle D. A. Braswell. 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls J. R. Savage. 

Asheville ^ . 



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Buncombe To be Supplied. 

Burlington C. A. Cecil. 

Caldwell H. D. Gannon. 

Catawba W. D. Fogleman. 

Charlotte 

Chatham E.G. Lowdermilk. 

Cleveland J. H. Moton, N. G. Bethea. 

Davidson W. O. Davis. 

Flag Springs N. M. Modlin. 

Flat Rock W. F. Kennett. 

Forsyth W. C. Lassiter. 

Gibsonville W. W. Amick. 

Granville C. L. Whitaker 

Greensboro T. M. Johnson. 

Greenville J. D. Williams. 

Guilford W. C. Hammer. 

Halifax W. L. Harris. 

Haw River C. E. M. Raper. 

Henderson J. S. Williams. 

High Point W. R. Lowdermilk. 

Ivey P. D. Moore. 

LaGrange C. E. Forlines. 

Lexington C. A. Pickens. 

Liberty G. F. Millaway. 

Lincoln LI. York. 

Littleton C. H. Whitaker. 

Mecklenburg J. F. Dosier. 

Mocksville G. H. Austin. 

Mt. Hermon W. E. Swain. 

Orange W. M. Pike. 

Plymouth W. F. Ashburn. 

Randleman To be Supplied. 

Randolph H. S. B. Thompson. 

Richland A. W. Lineberry. 

Roanoke ^ R. J\L Andrews. 

Saxapahaw D. A. Highfill. 

Spring Church J. D. Williams. 

Stanly A. E. Plyler. 

Surry W. C. Kennett. 

Tabernacle J. E. Hartsell. 

Uwharrie A. L. Hunter. 

Vance William Porter. 

Wadesboro J. N. Garrett. 

Winston J. H. Stowe. 

Winston Station J. W. Frank. 

Yadkin O. P. Routh. 

Missionary J. R. Hutton. 

W. A. BUNCH, 
J. L. OGBURN, 

Cofnmittee. 



40 

SUPERNUMERARIES. 

W. W. Russell on Stanley. 
G. W. Bowman on Liberty. 
T. T. Ferree on Asheboro. 
D. A. Fishell on Littleton. 
R. R. Hanner on Winston. 
T. F. McCulloch on Tabernacle. 

SUPERANNUATES. 

R. R. Michaux, J. L. Michaux, J. W. Heath. 

Professor in W. M. College. — S. Simpson. 

Loaned Board of Foreign Missions. — T. J. Ogburn. 

Editor of Our Chrirch Record. — J. F. McCulloch. 

Without appointment at their own request. — J. S. Dunn, W. T. 
Totten, L. L. Albright. 

Subject to the President's direction. — J. H. Totten, J. B. Tarlton, 
R. E. Davis, J. L. Johnson. 

On motion the Examining Board to meet at the call of 
Chairman of the Board. 

Committee on Statistics granted permission to hold 
report to get it more nearly perfect. 

Minutes read and approved. 

Conference adjourned to meet Wednesday before 4th 
Sunday in November, 1898, in Liberty, N. C. 

Prayer by Rev. R. R. Michaux. 

W. A. BUNCH, President. 
CLIFTON L. WHITAKER, Secretary. 



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jPlFFENDIX. 



MEMBERS OF CONFERENCE, 1897. 



W. A. Bunch, 
W. W. Amick, 
W. F. Ashburn, 
L. L. Albright, 
G. W. Bowman, 

C. A. Cecil, 
J. F. Dosier, 
J. S. Dunn, 
T. T. Ferree, 

D. A. Fishel, 
J. N. Garrett, 
J. G. W. Holloway, 
W. C. Hammer, 
J. R. Hutton, 
W. L. Harris, 
J. E. Hartsell, 
A. L. Hunter, 
J. W. Heath, 
Alamance — G. Wright, 
Albemarle — S. E. Lucas, 
Asheboro — G. G. Hendricks, 
Buncombe— Dr. J. N. Gill, 
Burlington — G. M Thompson 
Caldwell— T. W. Setser, 
Catawba — R. G. Proctor, 
Chatham-G. W. Coble, 

A. S. Picket, 
Cleveland — A. P. Ivester, 
Davidson — D. L. Surratt, 

J. C. Morris, 
Flag Springs — J. H. Spencer, 
Flat Rock— J. L. Ogburn, 
Forsyth — J. D. Anderson, 
Gibsonville — J. A. Hunter, 
B. Davidson, 
Granville — W. T. Howard, 
Greensboro — R. H. Brooks, 
Greenville — R H. Williams, 
Guilford — S N. Guver, 

O. F. Fox, 
Halifax— N. M. Harrison, 

Ed. Wills, 
Haw River- 
Henderson —D. W. Hardee, 
High Point — J. W. Guyer, 
Ivy — 



D. A. Highfill, 
R. R. Hanner, 
G. E. Hunt, 
T. M. Johnson, 
W. C. Kennett, 
W. F. Kennett, 
A. W. Lineberry, 
W. C. Lassiter, 
W. F. McDowell, 
J. H. Moton, 
N. M. Modlin, 
G. F. Millaway, 
J. L. Michaux, 
R. R. Michaux, 
J. F. McCulloch, 
T. F. McCulloch, 
P. D. Moore, 
T. J. Ogburn, 



C. A. Pickens, 
W. M. Pike, 
E. A. Plyler, 
Wm. Porter, 
C. E. M. Raper, 

0. P. Routh, 
J. R. Savage, 
S. Simpson, 
W. E. Swain, 
H. S. B. Thompson, 
J. H. Totten, 
W, T. Totten, 
J. H. Stowe, 
Clifton L. Whitaker, 
J. S Williams, 
C. H. Whitaker, 
J. D. Williams, 

1. I. York, 
La Grange — -Dr. J. M. Hadley, 
Liberty — W. F. Bowman, 
Lincoln — J. J. Kestler, 
Littleton — A. E. Carter, 
Mecklenburg — A. L. Thomas, 

D. W. Hartis. 
Mocksville — 

Mt. Hermon — J. M. Albright, 
N. Granville — J. E. Burroughs, 
Orange — J. F. McAdams, 
Pee Dee— J. W. Hulin, 
Ply mouth — 

Randleman — E. P. Hays, 
Randolph — Madison Brown, 
Roanoke — Walter Beavans, 
Saxapahaw — J. E. Stafford, 
Spring Church — G. W. Massie, 
Stanly — J. F. Furr, 
Surry — J. F. Whitaker, 
Tabernacle — C. H. Hardin, 
Tar River — A. Braswell Jr., 
Uwharrie — Jas. Hedric, 
Wadesboro — J. H. Lemon, 
Winston Station — J. H. Pegram, 

W. A. Speer, 
Lexington — J. A. Honeycutte, 
Winston — Geo. L. Currv, 
Yadkin— S. M. Speas. 



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REPORT OF AUDITING COMMITTEE. 



ACCOUNTS OF BENEFICIARIES. 



C. H. WHITAKER. 

Obligation $ 30 00 

Dr. to 10 per cent, salary 

Cr. Assumes interest 

Balance $ 30 00 

JAMES S. SIMPSON. 

Obligation $135 00 

Balance $I35 00 

W. E. SWAIN. 

Obligation $^50 00 

Balance $ 5o,"oo 

J. S. WILLIAMS. 

Obligation $167 50 

Dr. to 10 per cent, salary 

Cr. by interest on deferred payment 4 90 

Balance $167 50 

N. M. MODLIN. 

Obligation $ 65 00 

Dr. to 10 per cent, salary 

Cr. by 18 00 

Balance $ 48 02 

J. D. WILLIAMS. 

Obligation $163 63 

Dr. to 10 per cent, salary 30 00 

Cr. by 30 00 

Balance $'^33 63 

W. O. DAVIS. 

Obligation $ 86 44 

Dr. to 10 per cent, salary 

Cr. by 32 44 

Balance $ 55 04 

J. W. FRANK. 

Obligation $ 50 00 

Cr. by I o 00 

Balance $ 40 00 



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L. M. FINE. 



Obligation $ 40 00 

Balance $ 40 00 



A. G. DIXON. 



Obligation $ 25 00 

Balance $ 25 00 

T. F. Mcculloch, 

J. F. DOSIER. 



COURSES AND EXAMINERS. 



The Courses of Study and Examiners for Candidates for the Min- 
istry in this Conference are as follows : 

Price 

of book. 

First Year: Binney's Theological Compend, Improved $ 50 

Broadus on Preparation and Delivery of Sermons i 43 

The Pastor Amidst His Flock 85 

Bassett's History of the M. P. Church i 25 

Written Sermon on "Repentance." 

Second Year : Ralston's Elements of Divinity 2 68 

Watson's Institutes, 3rd and 4th Parts 2 68 

Blackburn's Church History to the Reformation i 60 

Hart's Rhetoric i 20 

Written Sermon on "Justification by Faith." 

Third Year : Watson's Institutes, ist and 2nd Parts 

Blackburn's Church History, concluded 

Hopkin's Law of Love, etc i 27 

Jevon's Logic 43 

Butler's Analogy 95 

Written Sermon on "Apostasy," 

Rev. W. A. Bunch examines in Watson's Institutes; Rev. J. H. 
Stowe in Binney's Compend ; Rev. C. L. Whitaker in Broadus on 
Sermons, and in Blackburn's Church History; Rev. W. C. Kennett 
in Bassett's History; Rev. W. F. Kennett in The Pastor Amidst His 
Flock, and in Ralston's Elements; Rev. J. F. Dosier in Rhetoric and 
Hopkin's Law of Love; Rev. T. M. Johnson in Jevon's Logic; the 
Secretary in Butler's Analogy. The written sermons, which must 
be original and contain about 2,000 words, must be in the Secre- 
tary's hands four weeks before Conference. Candidates may be ex- 
amined on one or more years at a time, as they choose. The Secre- 
tary will order books on receipt of money for the same. 

J. F. Mcculloch, 

Secretary Examining Board, 

Greensboro, N. C, 



44 



RULES OF ORDER FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE 
NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE. 



1. After the opening of Conference, the first business in order 
shall be the reading of the President's annual report. 

2. At 3 o'clock p. m., on the first day of the session, the officers 
of the Conference shall be elected by ballot. 

3. The President shall take the chair at the hour to which the 
Conference adjourned and call the Conference to order. 

4. Each morning session shall be opened by reading a portion of 
the Scriptures and prayer, under the direction of the President. 

5. At the meeting of each daily sefsion the Secretary shall read 
the minutes of the preceding day, and the Conference correct and 
prepare them for registration. 

6. It shall be the duty of the chair, or the privilege of a member, 
to call any brother to order who may indulge in personal reflections 
or irrelevant debate. 

7. The chair shall decide all questions of order subject to an ap- 
peal to the Conference, which appeal shall be decided without debate. 

8. All the committees shall be appointed by the chair, unless 
otherwise ordered by the Conference. 

9. The President may participate in debate by calling a member 
to the chair. 

10. The President shall vote on no question, except in case of a tie. 

11. No member shall speak on any question without rising from 
his seat and respectfully addressing the chair as "Mr. President," 
and being recognized by the chair. 

12. No member shall be permitted to speak more than once on 
any question, except by unanimous permission of the Conference. 

13. No person shall pass between the chair and a member while 
speaking, nor interrupt the speaker except by permission to explain. 

14. Members shall not converse together in a tone sufficiently 
loud to disturb the Conference. 

15. Members shall retain their seats, unless rising to speak, or for 
the purpose of retiring. 

16. Members are required to vote 'n all cases, except excused 
therefrom by the Conference. ^ 

17. No motion shall be entertained or debated until the same 
shall be seconded. 

18. All motions and resolutions made and seconded shall be open 
for debate, except the previous question, the motion to adjourn, and 
to lay on the table, which questions shall be decided without debate. 

19. All amendments shall be disposed of before the vote is taken 
on the main question. 

20. All questions of order arising after the previous question has 
been called for shall be decided without debate. 

21. The decision of all questions shall be by Yea or No. The 
yeas and nays shall be recorded on the journal by the call of one- 
fifth of the members present. 



45 

22. All resolutions or amendments shall be reduced to writing. 

23. No motion for reconsideration shall be in order, except made 
by a member who voted with the majority, and on the same or suc- 
ceeding day, except by a two-thirds vote of the members present. 

24. No motion or resolution indefinitely postponed shall be called 
up again during the session. 

25. No member shall speak more than five minutes without per- 
mission of the Conference. 

26. No committee shall meet during the sessions of Conference. 

27. All petitions and resolutions shall be referred to proper com- 
mittee. 



ORDER OF BUSINESS. 



Reading and correction of minutes. 
Presentation of memorials, petitions. 
Report of standing committees. 
Report of select committees. 
Reports of Pastors. 
Introduction of resolutions. 
Unfinished business. 



45 

22. All resolutions or amendments shall be reduced to writing. 

23. No motion for reconsideration shall be in order, except made 
by a member who voted with the majority, and on the same or suc- 
ceeding day, except by a two-thirds vote of the members present. 

24. No motion or resolution indefinitely postponed shall be called 
up again during the session. 

25. No member shall speak more than five minutes without per- 
mission of the Conference. 

26. No committee shall meet during the sessions of Conference. 

27. All petitions and resolutions shall be referred to proper com- 
mittee. 



ORDER OF BUSINESS. 



Reading and correction of minutes. 
Presentation of memorials, petitions. 
Report of standing committees. 
Report of select committees. 
Reports of Pastors. 
Introduction of resolutions. 
Unfinished business. 



COISTFEK-E ICE STE^X/jPlE-O' 



PASTORAL CHARGE. 



Alamance 

Albemarle 

Ashboro and Cedar Falls. 

Buncombe 

Burlington 

Cleveland 

Chatham 

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Randolph 

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WLummmvmKiimM i mjmmmmm^^^ ^' 



THE SEUENTY=TflIRD SESSION 



OF THE 



NORTH CAROLINA fllUAL CONFEREME, 



OP THE 



Methodist Protestant Ctiarch, 



HELD IN 



LIBERTY, N. C, NOVEMBER 23-28, I898. 



GREENS P*^' 
Jos. J. Stonf ^ 



TflE SEUENTY=TflIRD SESSION 



OF THE 



NORTH CflROLINfl llNNUE CONFERENCE, 



OF THE 



Methodist Protestant Chiirch, 



HELD IN 



LIBERTY, N. C, NOVEMBER 23-28, li 



GREENSBORO: 
Jos. J. Stone, Book and 
1898. 



RULES OF ORDER. 



1. After the opening of Conference, the first business in order shall be the reaa- 
ing of the President's annual report. 

2. At 3 o'clock P. M., on the first day of the session, the officers of the Conference 
shall be elected by ballot. 

3. The President shall take the chair at tlie liour to which the Conference ad- 
journed and call the Conference to order. 

i. Each morning session shall be opened by reading a portion of the Scriptures, 
and prayer, under the direction of the President. 

5. At the meeting of each daily session the Secretary shall read the minutes of 
tlie preceding day, and the Conference correct and prepare them for registration. 

li. It shall be the duty of the Chair, or the privilege of a member, to call any 
brother to order who may indulge in personal reflections or irrelevant debate. 

7. The Chair shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Con- 
ference, which appeal shall be decided witliout debate. 

8. All the committees shall be appointed by the Chair, unless otherwise ordered 
by the Conference. 

9. Tlie President may participate in debate by calling a member to tlie cliair. 

10. The President shall vote on no question, except in case of a tie. 

11. No member shall speak on any question without rising from his seat and 
respectfully addressing the Chair as " Mr. President."' and being recognized bj' the 
Chair. 

12. No member shall be permitted to speak more than once on any question, 
except by unanimous permission of the Conference. 

13. No person shall pass between the Chair and a member while speaking, nor 
interrupt the speaker, except by permission to explain. 

14. Members shall not converse together in a tone sufficiently loud to disturb 
the Conference. 

15. Members shall retain tlieir seats, unless rising to speak, or for the purpose 
of retiring. 

16. jNIembers are required to vote in all eases, except excused therefrom by the 
Conference. 

17. No motion shall be entertained or debated until the same shall be seconded. 

18. All motions and resolutions ni&de and seconded shall be open for debate, 
except the previous question, the motion to adjourn and to lay on the table, which 
questions shall be decided without debate. 

19. All amendments shall be disposed of before the vote is taken on the main 
question. 

20. All questions of order arising after the previous question has been called 
for shall be decided without debate. 

21. The decision of all questions shall be by Yea or No. The yeas and nays shall 
be recorded on the Journal by the call of one-fifth of the members present. 

22. All resolutions or amendments shall be reduced to writing. 

23. No motion for reconsideration shall be in order except made hy a member 
who voted with the majority, and on the same or succeeding day, except by a two- 
thirds vote of the members present. ., 

24. No motion or resolut''^" -"-'"*'"T<-flv postponed shall be called up again dur- 
ing the session. 

25. No mc -ithout permission of the 
Conferenp' 

2t). N •'e. 

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or«rDE:^F« of" :^t_jsi]n:e;ss. 



1. Reading and Correction of Minutes. 

2. Presentation of Memorials, Petitions. 

3. Report of Standing Committees. 

4. Report of Select Committees. 

5. Reports of Pastors. 

6. Introduction of Resolutions. 

7. Unfinished Business. 



F^ROCEEDIINGS. 



The seventy-third session of the North Carohna Confer- 
ence, Methodist Protestant Church, met in Liberty, N. C, 
November 23, 1898, and was called to order by the Presi- 
dent, W. A. Bunch, at 11 o'clock A. M. 

Devotional exercises conducted by the President, as fol- 
lows: Song 272; prayer. J. H. Moton; I Peter 1. read by 
the President; Song 213; prayer by H. S. B. Thompson. 

The roll was called and the following answered to their 
names: W. A. Bunch, W. W. Amick, W. F. Ashburn. C. A. 
Cecil, J. P. Dosier. J. N. Garrett, W. C. Hammer, J. R. 
Hutton, W. L. Harris. J. E. Hartsell. A. L. Hunter. J. W. 
Heath, D. A. Highhll, R. R. Hanner, T. M. Johnson. A. W. 
Lineberry. W. C. Lassiter, W. F. McDowell, J. H. Moton, 
N. M. Modhn. G. P. Millaway, R. R. Michaux, T. F. McCul- 
loch, W. M. Pike, William Porter, C. E. M. Raper, O. P. 
Routh, J. R. Savage. J. H. Stowe, H. S. B. Thompson, J. 
H. Totten, Clifton L. Whitaker, J. S. Williams, C. H. Whit- 
aker, J. D. Williams. I. I. York, P. C. Battle. 

Of the laity the following answered to their names: A. G. 
Laughlin, Asheboro; E. M. Ivester. Cleveland; J. C. Mor- 
ris, Davidson: J. A. King. Flag Spring; L. C. Hine. For- 
syth; J. S. Hunter, Greensboro; G. W. Pearson. Green- 
ville; Junius Hardee, Halifax; F. R. Harris, Henderson; 
J. C. Amick. Liberty; George C. Boyles, Lincoln; E. A. 
Carter, Littleton; H. B. King, Mecklenburg; W. M. Julian, 
Randleman; E. B. Quackenbush, Saxapahaw; G, F. Rob- 
inson, wSpring Church; W. N. Brown, Surry; R. D. Pan- 
chal, Vance; J. R. Osburn, Winston Circuit; J. H. Pegram, 
Winston Station. 

On motion it was ordered that reports of the proceedings 
be made to papers, as follows: J. W. Frank to a Winston 
paper or papers : C. H. Whitaker. to RaleigV -"r; R. M. 

Andrews, to Charlotte Observer; J. S. Wilhc xreens- 

boro Evening Telegram. ^, 



Committee on Credentials announced as follows : H. S. B. 
Thompson, W. W. Amick. 

Bar of Conference fixed at sixth seat from front, except 
in corner on right. 

On motion J. Norman WiUs was elected to honorary mem- 
bership. 

On motion Rule 1 was suspended and the reading of the 
President's report deferred until the opening of afternoon 
session. 

President read the transfer of P. C. Battle from the South 
Carolina Conference, and on motion his name was enrolled 
as a member of this Conference. 

Time for meeting and adjournment fixed as follows: Meet 
at 9 A. M., adjourn at 11:30 A. m.; meet at 1 P. M., adjourn 
at pleasure; meet at 7 p. m., adjourn at pleasure. 

By permission J. Norman Wills presented to the mem- 
bers of the Conference a plan of Brotherhood for benefit 
of the families of deceased preachers. Several names were 
offered as members looking to a permanent organization. 

On motion Conference adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock. 



FIRST DAY — Afternoon Session. 



Conference convened at 2 p. m., with President Bunch 
in the chair. 

T. M. Johnson was called to the chair and the President 
read his annual report. 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT. 



To the North Carolincc Annual Conference, Methodist Protestant Church, 
Liberty, ISf. C , November 23, 189S: 

Dear Brethren, — From the various fields of laboi*, we arc to- 
day called to assemble in annual session. 

A review of the year would properly begin with a consideration 
of unfinished business of last session. 

The pastoral charges of Buncombe. Asheville, Randleman, and 
Charlotte were left unsupplled by last Conference. 

P. C. Battle was received by transfer from the South Carolina 
Conference, - "h, in December and appointed pastor of Ran- 

dleman. 

J. G. " \ in December, given pastoral charge of 

Buncon- " also of Asheville Mission until said 

missio ^Dlied. 



W. O. Davis tendered his resignation of the pastorate of David- 
son circuit in January. I did not deem his i-easons for resigning 
strictly justifiable, though in view of the fact that the appointment 
did not give full satisfaction, he was released, and T. F. McCuUoch 
appointed thereto. 

H. J. Hartsell was given pastoral charge of Asheville Mission, 
during his summer vacation, and did an excellent work. 

I have not been able to supply Charlotte Mission, nor do I be- 
lieve that any special results would have been secured by so doing. 

It is very sad to have to report, that on the morning of July 6th, 
Rev. J. L. Michaux, D. D., passed from labor to reward. 

His cheerful greeting and wise counsel have been withdrawn, and 
keenly do we feel the great loss to the body. 

A committee was appointed to prepare a memoir to be presented 
to this session. 

The work of the pastors throughout the year has been performed 
with reasonable earnestness and promptness. It would be exceed- 
ingly difficult to find a more consecrated body of men. 

The M. P. Church in North Carolina receives the best ministerial 
service for the price paid of any people in the State, and it is de- 
voutly to be hoped that such willing consecration, and such cheerful 
sacrifice, will be more fully appreciated and more liberally rewarded 
in the future. The past year has required unusual vigilance and 
efToi't on the part of pastors; they have had to meet and withstand 
the great strain consequent upon the military and political excite- 
ment, which has so inflamed the mind of thg State and nation, and 
brought in their wake the usual demoralizing eifects upon the 
church. 

But notwithstanding this opposition, the work is in very good 
condition, and while the pastors may have less tangible results to 
report, it should be remembered that more courage and labor is re- 
quired to stem the torrent than is necessary to drift with it. The 
pastor who has held his forces and field against such opposition 
might truly be regarded as a hero. 

Having made previous reports upon the general condition of the 
district, and the changes from then until now have not been of suffi- 
cient import to require special comment, p^nd the pastors' reports will 
most probably indicate said changes. I deem it advisable to limit 
this report to questions of no less importance, but such as will be 
neither presented nor indicated in pastors' reports. 

One of the important things to which I might call your attention 
is the indisposition of the Conference to get to work on the first 
days of the session. 

Blanks for pastors" reports ai-e sent out fai- in advance of the 
time of meeting, but it is often the second, and frequently the third, 
day of the session before the Conference can get possession of those 
reports. But little business is usually done for the first days of the 
sessi<in, with a general rush on the last days. The work of a de- 
liberative assembly, done without deliberation, may perhaps not so 
afTect life, but might prove as demoralizing to principles as either 
war or pestilence. 

This has been the year in which the application for membership 
in this Conference has perhaps reached the climax. Those applica- 
tions have not only been numerous, but have com'" '-^m almost 
every source. Some good men are, for justifiable seeking 

to change their conference relations, while others est rea- 

sons desirous of changing their denominatior though 



a careful survey of the situation will convince the hc>nest enquirer 
after truth, that there is scarcely a conference any where which is not 
to a greater or less extent troubled with a disaffected element, who 
would be pleased to find more congenial associates. 

Some are honestly seeking homes under the banner of Mutual 
Rights, on account of the freedom of her principles, but some prove 
their loyalty by stating the price for which they would defend such 
principles. 

The doors of your temple have been carefully guarded, and every 
respectful enquiry has been respectfully answered, but in a few in- 
stances of real unwonted brazenness on the pai't of the applicant, I 
have felt moved, I trust, by a righteous indignation to answer that 
we were not in the market purchasing preachers. 

There is a custom established, or being established, in portions 
of the district, which is at present troubles.ome, and in the future 
may prove a source of confusion. 

I have reference to the widely differing interpretations of the law 
by the pastors in different portions of the work. Thus the application 
of the law is not uniform throughout the district, and we may reach 
the point when a change of pastors may mean a change of law, if, in- 
deed, we have not already reached it. This is one of the strong fac- 
tors in localizing the pastoral charges. . 

We might, in the future, attain a more uniform practice, if this 
Conference would require the ruling of pastors upon all points of 
law to be recorded in Quarterly Conference journals, and also re- 
quire said journals to he sent to the sessions of this Conference for 
investigation, and especially for interpretation in reference to said 
points of law. 

The laws enacted under, and in harmony with, the great chart of 
ecclesiastical liberty — Mutual Rights— while working for the general 
development of the church as a whole, and having incorporated 
therein the gospel plan of recognizing the conscience and liberty of 
the individual, cannot well be improved upon, but a careless admin- 
istration of or a thoughtless digression from said laws may lead us 
into the dangerous paths of confusion, if not of anarchy. 

We should not only be very careful to guard against all unlawful 
precedents, but also to be exceedingly careful not to stand upon the 
outer circle or verge of the law, for in the ages of civil and ecclesi- 
astical history despotism has not proved the greatest enemy of democ- 
racy/, but the false interpretation — the assumption of a liberty, which 
no law can be made to recognize, and to which no individual shov^ld 
lay claim — has proved the destructive force. I earnestly ask of you 
the consideration which the gravity of this subject demands. 

Our Church Extension work is comparatively new, really in the 
formative period, and requires careful consideration. Every worthy 
church enterprise in our bounds should have the recognition and 
encouragement which its merits denaand, but the Board should not 
be expected to invest in a doubtful enterprise, or to help the church 
that is injudiciously located and which is almost entirely without 
the h(;)pe of local patronage in the future. 

The Board is not, and cannot be, in a position under all circum- 
stances to judge of and decide upon the claims and merits of the 
enterprise and should not be forced to an arbitrary decision in the 
absence of the necessary information, nor should they reasonably 
be expected ' aid until the enterprise has passed the danger line. 

To adju' s and to bring the Board in closer contact with the 

work, and ;ure a wise distribution of all funds for this purpose, 

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I would recommend the appointment of a committee of three in each 
subdistrict, who shall be the representatives of the Board in their 
respective districts, and shall be advised by the pastor who contem- 
plates ei-ecting- a house or houses of worship in any part of said dis- 
trict with the view of receiving- aid from the Board. After proper 
investigation of said enterprise, the committee shall report their deci- 
sion and the Board shall act accordingly. 

This is not asked a' one to secure ihe Board, for those commit- 
tees, if wisely chosen, will by their counsel greatly aid the pastor in 
solving the pi-oblem of the location of the church. 

I am fully convinced that it will prove detrimental to any church 
enterprise to make it an object of charity, for it has a strong ten- 
dency to paralyze the energy of the membei-ship, to weaken self-con- 
fidence and to foster parasitism. I would, therefore, recommend 
that the aid given by the Board to churches in the future be made as 
a loan and not as a gift. 

The committee to disburse the Superannuate Fund should, in the 
judgment of your executive, be a permanent committee, for neither 
this nor any other fund should ever be disbursed by a committee 
which is not in commission more than one hour, and often much less 
time. Nor is it a necessity that this fund should be awarded during 
the sitting of the Conference. 

There is scarcely any, perhaps no, department of the Conference 
but what has some moneyed consideration connected therewith, and 
we cannot be too pronounced in oui' desire and efforts to incorpor- 
ate strict business principles and methods in every department of the 
Conference work, nor can we be too careful in placing safeguards 
around the same. We should so act in the disbursing of all funds 
as to inspire the confidence of every member in the district, for every 
mistake reacts upon us in lessening the collections for the various 
interests. 

In reference to finance and financial plans, would say that our 
plans, however good in their conception, do not reach far enough to 
be effectual in their application. The representatives of the churches 
in this body lay an assessment for President and the general inter- 
ests upon the various charges, the Quarterly Conferences of those 
charges apportion the same, together with the assessment for pastor, 
to the churches of the charge, but in many, perhaps most, instances 
the churches — the source of all power in a representative govern- 
ment — refuse to apportion said assessment to the members of said 
church. Thus we find the plan of an assessment defeated at the only 
point in which it could possibly prove effectual. 

The church cannot be perpetuated without money, and surely no 
more equitable plan can be devised than that given in I Cor. 16:2, 
and II Cor. 9:7, "Upon the first day of the week let everyone of 
you lay by him in store as God hath prospered him, that there be 
no gatherings when I come:'' "For God loveth a cheerful giver." 
The Conference in requiring an assessment is only enforcing the law 
promulgated by the Great Head of the Church, and what must be the 
moral status of those who either refuse or oppose? 

Your attention is called to the change made by the last General 
Conference in Section 10, page 85, of the Discipline, "No appoint- 
ment shall be dropped from a circuit except at the last Quarterly 
Conference: provided, that said action shall not take ett'ect until rati- 
fied by the Annual Conference." 

I would recommend the appointment of a committee o<" rogramme, 
who shall have in charge the arrangement for the sses to be 



delivered by members of the Conference, general agents and visit- 
ing brethren. This class of work is not properly in the hands of the 
Pulpit Committee and has been done in the past almost without any 
system. A majority of the class books in the district are in a very un- 
healthy condition and no better evidence of this assertion could be 
offered than the self-contradictory reports made from those books to 
this Conference. 

A comparison of the total membership in the reports of last year 
with that of the preceding year shows an increase of only 88, while 
the columns of increase and decrease show a gain of 594, whereas 
the subtraction of all losses from the number of accessions gives a 
net increase of 707. If the reports were correct those three methods 
of obtaining the increase would give the same figures. The books 
from which such reports are obtained must be in a sad plight. A 
remedy for this evil is a pressing necessity. 

The general collections depend almost entirely upon the energy 
and persistence of the pastors, and the reports, in many instances, 
show that a change of pastors makes a material and, in some cases, 
a radical change in the amounts collected. 

A reasonable ideal can never be reached until the men asking 
work at the hands of this Conference shall in the awards of the Con- 
ference stand strictly upon their merits and not upon the whims of 
the people, who do not know them. If a pastor proves himself in- 
competent to either build up or sustain a work, surely he should not 
be vested with power to pull down and destroy a work. 

The conflicting views in the Conference and district respecting 
the personnel of the Stationing Committee has been so confusing that 
the progress of the work has been affected, and, to some extent, 
retarded thereby. 

This committee should be made permanent, for it surely shows a 
want of wisdom, or an unwillingness to meet a required duty, to allow 
this question to be opened at every session to provoke heated dis- 
cussions and engender animosities. 

It is the conceded wisdom of all Conferences that the stationing 
of the preachers is a matter which the Conference as a whole is in- 
competent to perform, consequently it has never been attempted any- 
where. If ihe Conference in committee of the whole is incompetent 
to station the preachers, would not the same logic prove the Confer- 
ence incompetent to revise and improve the report when made by a 
competent committee? 

The precedent established in the early years of the Conference for 
stationing the preachers cannot serve as a guide to the work now, 
for the conditions are materially changed and bear but little resem- 
blance. For the first 55 or 60 years of our existence we were a Con- 
ference composed almost entii/ely of country charges, but to-day 
nearly, if not quite, half the value of our church property is in the 
towns and cities. The interest of the churches in those cities and 
towns is affected by the appointment of half the preachers of this 
Conference. This great advance move of the church has nearly all 
taken place since the ancient landmark of the fathers was removed. 
The marked difference in the progress of the church under the dif- 
ferent systems in the past should serve as a guide in the future. 

Our church literatui'e is entirely too meagre. We stand for prin- 
ciples with which the Anglo-Saxon race is familiar, but, perhaps, 
there are thousands of said race within the bounds of our Conference 
District who do not know that those principles are the foundation 
stone of the Methodist Protestant Church. Our principles are the 



logical ceasoning of the dominant race of the globe, with a mind 
cultured by the Gospel maxim of personal responsibility. They are 
really the ideal fomu of government and cannot be properly appre- 
ciated by the uncultured, hence the great importance of a wider pub- 
lication thereof. Our general and local chui^ch organs ought to go 
into every Methodist Protestant home, and if the means could be 
procured they ought to have a wide circulation outside of the church. 
The historical numbers of those papers contain history and other 
valuable information that every self-respecting lover of libery ought 
to cherish and respect. 

It is remarkable what an effect the propagation of the principles 
enunciated by our fathers of 1828 has had upon the Methodism of 
America. 

The recent vote of the Conferences the Methodist Episcopal Church 
has by a considerable majority adopted equal delegation in their 
General Conference and instead of saying, "Pardon us if we know no 
such rights and comprehend no such privileges," the Bishops will 
take off their hats and bow to this onward march of human thought, 
crystallized in human action, to which the free characteristics of this 
progressive age positively forbid their opposition. 

The pure democratic idea incorporated in your constitution has 
so imbedded itself in the minds of all Methodists that the Bishop is 
fast becoming a ligure-head. This you have witnessed in the first 70 
years of the publication of those cherished principles. 

We are charged as having no right, as a chui'ch, to exist, since 
the M. E. bodies have adopted lay delegation; therefore the publica- 
tion of our principles is the more important, to meet and disprove 
this false statement, and show to an enlightened public that lay 
delegation, largely shaped and controlled by the power of a Bishop, 
is not the same as lay representation elected by the church member- 
ship, which has no Bishoj) to inUuence their election nor to domh^er 
their actions. 

Those precious truths ai'e not sufficiently known, and I trust that 
this session may devise some means for a wider diffusion of our 
literature throughout the district, and especially to place it in the 
homes of our members. 

Having extended ihis report to such length, I must now leave the 
subjects not herein mentioned to the committees having charge thereof. 

The year's work has been exceedingly laborious, taxing the men- 
tal and physical capacities, but with the exception of three charges, 
the whole work has been gone over, and the situation carefully con- 
sidered. It is a task beyond all reason, but after a half-day's dis- 
cussion of the subject at the High Point Conference, you said do so, 
and I obeyed to the limit of my strength, and two of the three 
charges were not visited for the want of strength to accomplish the 
task, while the third was left out of the plan for the want of time, 
for the time from the rise of one Conference to the opening of the 
next is not as long as the district. 

In concluding this report, permit me again to return thanks to 
pastors and people, for I have in every portion of the work received 
the courtesy due the position which I have occupied, and if I have 
failed to appreciate and make due return, it is an error of which I 
am unconscious, and am placed undo- obligations to pastors and 
people to an extent which I feel beyond my power to repay. 

May the blessings of Heaven attend you in all your labors in this 
sin-biighted earth and immortal life be yours in the sw^pit by and by. 



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On motion the report was referred to the Committee on 
President's Report, except the recommendation tliat a Com- 
mittee on Programme be appointed, whicli committee, on 
motion, was ordered. 

On motion pastors were required to give reason for any 
blanks in financial report. 

The hour for the order of day having arrived, Confer- 
ence proceeded to elect officers. W. P. Kennett was 
elected President, T. M. Johnson. Secretary. 

On motion the Secretary was authorized to appoint an 
assistant. C. E. Porlines was appointed. 

On motion of C. A. Cecil a rising vote of thanks was ten- 
dered the retiring President. W. A. Bunch, and Secretary, 
C. L. Whitaker, for efficient and faithful service during 
their respective terms of office. 

On motion preaching was made the order of day for 
Friday, 10:30 a. m. 



FIRST DAY— Evening Session. 

Conference met at 7 p. M., with the President. W. F. 
Kennett, in the chair. 

The following committees were announced: 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. 



Faculty— J. F. McCullodi. W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, C. L. 
Whitaker, .T. F. Dosier, T. M. Johnson. W. F. Kennett, .T. H. Stowe. 

Ordinancefi—W . W. Amick. A. W. Linebei'i-y, J. H. Moton, G. W. 
Pearson, J. B. O'Briant. 

Pastoral Worlc~W . L. Harris, J. E. Hartsell, W. F. Ashburn, S. 
E. Lucas, E. M. Ivester, A. G. LaughUn. 

Finance— J. H. Stowe, W. F. Kennett, J. D. Williams, F. R. Har- 
ris, E. A. Carter. 

Missions— T. F. McCulloch. D. A. Hlghtill, J. R. Savage, W. W. 
Hunter, J. A. King. 

Temperance— J . F. Dosier, E. A. Plyler, I. I. York. J. F. Spencer, 
L. C. Hine. 

Christian Endeavor — H. S. B. Thompson, W. R. Eowdermilk, W. 
D. Fogieman. 

Literature— 'W . M. Pike, J. S. Williams, William Porter, W. M. 
Julian, H. B. King. 

Sunday Schools — J. R. Hutton, W. C. Hammer, C. E. M. Raper, 
G. F. Roberson, R. D. Paschal. 

Colleges— T. M. John'son. C. L. Whitaker, N. M. Modlin. Junius 
Hardee, J. R. Osburn. 

Boundaries — C. A. Cecil, F. R. Harris, W. N. Brown, J. S. Hun- 
ter, J. N. Gill. 



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Presidents Beport—W. E. Swain, J. S. Hunter, E. C. Harris, J. 
E. Hardin. 

Fraternal Relations— C A. Pickens, A. L. Hunter. 

Correspondence — W. C. Kennett, W. F. McDowell. 

Unfinished Business— J. N. Garrett, O. P. Kouth. 

Pulpit Service— G. F. Millaway, T. C. Amick, R. E. Patterson. 

Statistics— C. H. Whitaker. R."^ M. Andrews. 

Conference Stewards — W. C. Lassiter, C. E. Forlines, .J. W. Frank. 

Programme— W . A. Bunch, F. R. Harris, J. R. Hutton. 



COLLECTORS. 



Foreign 3Iissions — E. G. Lowdermilk. 

Home Missions — D. A. Braswell. 

Church Extension and Colleges — W. D. Fogleman. 

Superannuates and Ministerial Education — G. H. Austin. 

Seininary — O. P. Routli. 

Pid)lishing Minutes and American Bible Society — N. G. Rethea. 

After a brief devotional exercise, T. M. Johnson intro- 
duced Mr. M. F. Hatcher, who delivered an appropriate 
address of welcome. G. F. Millaway introduced W. E. 
Swain, who responded to the address of welcome. 

Song, "Joy to the World." 

Mr. B. W. Hatcher, Grand Lecturer and Custodian of 
the Work of the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Order for 
North Carolina, was introduced to the Conference. 

On motion W. T. Tucker, alternate from Wadesboro. was 
seated as a member of Conference. 

Committee on Credentials made the following partial re- 
port: Alamance. C. G. Self; Mount Hermon. H. A. Garrett; 
Haw River. T. R. Totten. 

The following were elected Standing District Committee: 
W. W. Amick, W. A. Bunch, G. W. Bowman. J. C. Roberts, 
J. L. Ogburn, M. F. Fox. 

Moved' that Conference meet next year on second Wed- 
nesday before Thanksgiving. Amended to tix the time on 
Wednesday after the third Sunday in November. Motion 
as amended carried. 

On motion Conference proceeded to elect the Stationing 
Committee. W. A. Bunch and F. R. Harris were elected. 

Ballot taken to elect Committee on Appeals. Voted that 
tellers count the ballot and report to Conference to-morrow^ 
morning. 

A collection, amotinting to ninety-eight cents, was taken 
to buy stationery. 



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On motion a communication from Rev. G. H. Biggs was 
referred to the Faculty. 
On motion Conference adjourned. 



SECOND DAY— Morning Session. 



Conference convened at 9 a. m., with the President, W. 
P. Kennett, in the chair. 

Devotional exercises conducted by C. E. M. Raper. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

Moved and carried that a Committee on Ministerial Offi- 
cial Character be appointed. 

On motion required that financial reports be read before 
the Conference, and that each pastor be subject to any 
questions. 

The following Committee on Ministerial Official Charac- 
ter was announced: C. L. Wliitaker, E. A. Carter, J. H. 
Stowe. 

Tellers reported count of ballot for Committee on Ap- 
peals. Jas. H. Pegram and J. S. Hunter were declared 
elected as two of the lay members. On motion the Secre- 
tary cast the ballot of the Conference for J. N. Gill for the 
other lay member. Also on motion the Secretary cast the 
ballot of the Conference for C. L. Whitaker, C. A. Cecil and 
T. M. Johnson for the ministerial members. 

According to a previous motion, pastors who had not 
certified to the Secretary of the Conference the election of 
a delegate were required to state to the Conference why 
they did not: D. A. Braswell did not understand, W. P. 
Kennett was so busy that he overlooked the matter, E. A. 
Plyler reported, but Secretary did not receive the com- 
munication, C. E. M. Raper an oversight, W. E. Swain 
thought a report through the paper sufficient, W. F. Ash- 
burn thought it not necessary, as the delegate-elect told 
pastor that he could not attend. 

The following resolution was adopted, after a motion to 
postpone indefinitely had failed: 

Besolved, That the election law be so amended that the nominees 
for delegate to the Annual Conference be named at the Second Quar- 
terly Conference and the votes be counted at the Third Quarterly 
Conference and the result be immediately reported to the Secretary of 
the Annual Conference. 

J. S. Williams, 
C. A. Cecil, 
J. S. Hunter. 



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On motion the Secretary is required to publish in the 
church paper prior to the meeting of the Annual Confer- 
ence a certified list of the delegates. 

In an appropriate speech Dr. J. N. Gill, on behalf of W. 
A. Bunch and C. L. Whitaker, presented the President of 
the Conference with a neat gavel, which the President re- 
ceived with becoming grace. The head of the mallet is of 
ivy of the rhododendron family from Yancey County. The 
handle is of juniper from Tyrrell County. The gavel is in- 
laid with a neat silver plate, with the inscription. "'W. A. 
Bunch. C. L. Whitaker, 1898." 

A rising vote of thanks was tendered these brethren for 
gavel. 

On motion required that Conference collectors do not re- 
ceive money in Conference room during devotional exer- 
cises or while Conference is in session. 

Moved and carried that the place of holding next Con- 
ference now be selected. Friendship, Stanley circuit, and 
Brown Summit, Haw River circuit. werei)laced in nomina- 
tion. By vote Friendship was selected. 

At 10:30 the Conference sermon was declared the order 
of the day. The sermon, which was by J. E. Hartsell, was 
quite practical and helpful. 

Following this sermon a Thanksgiving collection was 
taken for the Orphanage at Oxford, N. C, amounting to 
131.02. 

Conference adjourned. 



SECOND DAY — Afternoon Session. 



Conference convened at 1:25, w^th the President. W. F. 
Kennett, in the chair. 

On motion, required that pastors hand in all reports this 
evening. 

Rev. J. C'. Berrien, Secretary of the Board of Ministerial 
Education, was introduced to the Conference. 

On motion B. F. Montgomery, alternate from High Point, 
was made a member of Conference. 

Annual report of the Trustees of the Methodist Protestant 
Publishing House was submitted and adopted by a rising 
vote in recognition of the most excellent management of 



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the building during the past year by J. Norman Wills. (See 
Report 1.) 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Besohed, That Conference will not ordain any preacher who has 
not passed a satisfactory examination in all the studies in the course 
of study prescribed by the Conference. 

J. R. HUTTON, 

C. A. Cecil. 

Committee appointed by last Conference to arrange a 
course of study for candidates for license to preach sub- 
mitted its report, which was adopted. (See Report 2.) 

A motion to add the President to the Stationing Commit- 
tee Vv'as so amended as to make him a member of said com- 
mittee while stationing the ministerial member of the com- 
mittee only, and adopted as amended. 

On motion the business of Conference was suspended to 
complete the organization of Conference Brotherhood. 

Conference Brotherhood having organized. Conference 
resumed business, and a rising vote of thanks was tendered 
J. Norman Wills for the interest he has taken in the matter. 
Secretary required to notify Bro. Wills of same. 

The Committee on Ministerial Official Character made a 
partial report and the character of the following passed : 
J. R. Savage, W. F. McDowell. C. A. Cecil, W. f\^Kennett, 
W. D. Fogleman, N. M. Modlin, C. L. Whitaker, W. C, Ham.- 
mer, C. E. M. Raper, C. H. Whitaker, W. M. Pike, W. E. 
Swain, W. F. Ash burn, P. C. Battle, H. S. B. Thompson, 
J. E. Hartsell. A. L. Hunter. William Porter, J. H. Stowe, 
O. P. Routh. 

Resolution adopted as follows : 

Revived, That pastors be required to furnish the Publishinj)' Com- 
mittee their post office addi-ess in time to be published in the minutes. 
W. A. Bunch, C. E. M. Raper, 

W. F. ASHBURN, W. C. Hammer, 

J. H. Snotherly, E. a. Plyler, 

N. M. Modlin. 

Communication from George E. Hunt referred to the 
Stationing Committee without being read. 



SECOND DAY— Evening Session. 



Conference convened at 7 p. m., with President Kennett 
in the chair. 



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Song 372. Prayer led by J. P. Dosier. Song 95. 

Address on ••Finances" by J. P. McC'ulloch. 

Address on '•Literature"' by J. S. Williams. 

On motion the action making preaching the order of the 
day for Priday at 10:;]0 was reconsidered and the meeting 
of the North Carolina Missionary Society substituted there- 
for. 

On motion, ordered that the President appoint a Commit- 
tee on Ministerial Moral Character. 

On motion ordered that the afternoon session to-morrow 
meet at 1:30. 

On motion Conference adjourned. 



THIRD DAY— Morning Session. 



Conference convened at 9 a. m., with President Kennett 
in the chair. 

Devotional exercises led by N. G. Bethea. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

The following Committee on Ministerial Moral Character 
announced: J. E. Hartsell, W. W. Amick, J. H. Stowe, W. 
L. Harris, J. P. Dosier. 

Committee on Ministerial Official Character made the 
following partial report: D. A. Bras well, deferred. 

On motion further report of Committee waived to hear 
J. C. Berrien. Secretary of Board of Ministerial Education, 
present the interest of the Board. 

Moved and carried that when Conference adjourn, it ad- 
journ to meet at 1:30 in secret session. 

At 10:30 Conference resolved itself into North Carolina 
Missionary Society, to hold the annual meeting of that or- 
ganization. 

Conference adjourned. 



THIRD DAY — Afternoon Session. 



Conference in secret session at 1:30 with President Ken- 
nett in the chair. 

On motion the President appointed W. C. Lassiter door- 
keeper. 



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Prayer for divine guidance was led by J. N. Garrett. 

On motion ordered that some member of this Conference 
be authorized to make tlie Milt(m Coble property in Greens- 
boro, to be sold to-morrow, bring 5^1.750 or buy it for the 
the Conference. 

On motion J. Norman Wills was named to attend sale and 
act for Conference in reg-ard to said Milton Coble property, 
and J. S. Hunter authorized to notify him of the fact. 

On motion D. L. Moore, of Alamance, was seated as dele- 
gate until delegate-elect arrives. 

Moved and carried that it is the sense of this body that 
the executor of the Milton Coble proper tj^ in Alamance 
County continue suit concerning said property. 

By consent R. R. Hanner was granted leave of absence. 

Partial report of Committee on Ministerial Official Char- 
acter : The name of J. G. W. Holloway having been pre- 
sented by said committee, a resolution was introduced, and 
having been amended to read as follows, was adopted': 

Whereas, It appears there is new evidence in the ease of J. G. 
W. Holloway; be it 

Resolved, That his case be referred to the Committee on Minister- 
ial Moral Character. 

While the above resolution was pending, a motion to the 
effect that this body express itself as to the meaning of last 
year's action concerning the above-named matter was with- 
drawn. 

By consent J. H. Snotherly was granted leave of absence. 

On motion Conference doors were opened. 

By consent members of the Superannuate Fund Society 
were granted leave of absence. 

Partial report of Committee on Ministerial Official Char- 
acter: The following passed, J. F. Dosier, E. G. Lowder- 
milk, J. H. Moton, N. G. Bethea, J. D. Williams, W. C. Las- 
siter. 

Report interrupted to introduce Rev. Hugh L. Elderdice, 
President of Westminster Theological Seminary. 

Official character passed as follows: T. M. Johnson, W. 
L. Harris, J. S. Williams, W. R. Lowdermilk, P. D. Moore, 
C. E. Forlines, C. A. Pickens, I. I. York. 

Motion to adjourn lost. 

Official character passed as follows: G. H. Austin, R. M. 
Andrews, A. W. Lineberry, W. C. Kennett. E. A. Plyler, J. 
N. Garrett, J. W. Frank, D. A. Highrill. T. F. McCuUoch, 
W. W. Amick, J. W. Heath. R. R. Michaux, J. F. McCul- 
Ibch, G. W. Bowman, T. J. Ogburn, J. S. Dunn, W. T. Tot- 



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ten, S. Simpson. R. R. Hanner, J. H. Totten. D. A. Fishel, 
T. T. Ferree, George E. Hunt. 

On motion John Montgomery, of Guilford, was seated as 
representative of that worlv. 



THIRD DAY— Evening Session. 



Conference met at 7 p. m., with President W. P. Kennett 
in the chair. 

Song", "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name." Prayer by 
W. P. Ashburn. 

Address on "Temperance" by J. R. Hutton. 

T. JM. Johnson exhibited a number of stereopticon views 
on Temperance. 

On motion 2:30 Monday w^as fixed as time for final adjourn- 
ment. 

On motion a vote of thanks was tendered T. M. Johnson 
for exhibition of Temperance views. 

On motion pastors are requested to introduce into the 
Sunday Schools and homes the "Shorter Catechism" and 
the "Catechism." 

Resolution by William Porter and J. N. Gill relative to 
Subdistrict Conferences lost. 

On motion the following memorial was endorsed and 
ordered to be spread upon the minutes: 

Memorial to Annual Conference for 1898 from the Fourth 
Quarterly Conference of the Henderson Methodist 
Protestant Church : 

The Fourth Quai-terly Conference of the Methodist Protestant 
Church, of Henderson, N. C, held on this the 16th of November, 
1898, beg- leave to call the attention of the Annual Conference to the 
Westminster Theological Seminary, of W^estminster, Md., and to 
the plan for- its maintenance, as adopted, and would respectfully sug- 
gest that the apportionment of $300 to the North Carolina Confer- 
ence is just and fair to us and the obligation is as binding as any 
other cause, local or general, and that we do an injustice to the 
Church at lai'ge and to ourselves when we overlook or neglect this 
obligation. We further sug'gest that the attention of the Conference 
be called to the work of Ministerial Education and the general inter- 
est of the Chui-ch as the life of our denomination largely depends on 
the closeness of the connection of the different districts. We need 
to be co-workers with God and with one another; and we trust that 
we ail shall soon realize that we are members of the gi-eat Methodist 



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Protestant Church, belong to one great brotherhood, "Whose aims 
and hopes are one. ' ' We pray God 's choicest blessings on its delib- 
erations. Respectfully submitted, 

S. K. Harris, Committee. 

The terms of three of the Trustees of the Conference 
having expired, J. Norman Wills was elected in place of 
J. M. Hadley and W. A. Bunch and J. L. Ogburn were re- 
elected. 

Committee on President's Report submits report. Moved 
and carried that the report be considered seriatim. Items 
1, 2, 3. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 adopted. Item 10 so amended 
as to read: "The President shall travel the district," and 
adopted as amended. On motion item 11 r)ostponed for one 
year, then to be taken up for further consideration. Report 
as amended and excepted adopted as a whole. (See Report 
No. 3.) 

Referring to item 11 of the above-named report, it was 
ordered that a committee of three be appointed to investi- 
gate and consider the matter and report to the next Con- 
ference. 

On motion Conference adjourned. 



FOURTH DAY— Morning Session. 



Conference convened at 9 a. m., with President Kennett 
in the chair. 

Devotional exercise led by R. M. Andrews. 

By consent members of Committee on Boundaries ex- 
cused. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

A rising vote of thanks was tendered Miss Bessie Teague 
for singing in Temperance exercise. 

Moved and carried that when we adjourn this morning 
we adjourn to meet at 3 o'clock and that all committees, 
except the Stationing Committee, be required to be ready 
to report. 

Report on Missions submitted and recommitted, with 
instructions that report be compared with Discipline and 
the necessary corrections be made. 

Report of Committee on Temperance submitted. Motion 
to amend item 5 having failed, the report was adopted. 
(See Report No. 4.) 



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On motion J. H. Stowe was excused f rem actin<^ on Com- 
mittee on Ministerial Moral Character. 

On motion ordered that a committee be appointed before 
which beneticiaries shall appear and state whether they 
have met the obligations required of them. 

J. R. Hutton was appointed to serve in place of J. H. 
Stowe on Committee on Ministerial Moral Character. 

On motion order of the day deferred, that W. A. Bunch 
might ascertain the number wishing to go on special cars 
Tuesday morning, he being authorized to ask for said cars. 

It now being the order of the day to hear H. L. Elderdice 
in the interest of Westminster Theological Seminary, he 
addressed the Conference. 

On motion a rising vote of thanks was tendered a Mary- 
land brother for offering A. G. Dixon a scholarship in the 
Seminary. 

Committee before which beneficiaries shall appear: J. P. 
McCulloch. C. E. M. Raper, W. W. Hunter. 

Collection for Liberty Church, amounting to !^$d76.50, 
was taken. 

W. P. Pickett, as Treasurer, submitted report of Com- 
mittee on Yadkin Indebtedness, appointed by last Confer- 
ence. 

Ordered that all money collected for colleges be turned 
over to W. P. Pickett. 

Conference adjourned. 



FOURTH DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Conference convened at 3 o'clock, with President Kennett 
in the chair. 

By consent A. W. Lineberry was excused. 

By consent C. L. Whitaker and class in Watson's Insti- 
tutes excused. 

Report of the Committee on Boundaries submitted. On 
motion reportwas considered item by item. Item 1 adopted. 
Motion to amend item 2 lost. Items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 8 and 9 
adopted. Item 10 lost, and with it 11 and 12. Item 13 
adopted. Report adopted as amended. (See Report No. 5.) 

By consent committee before which beneficiaries are to 
appear excused. 

T. J. Ogburn, Secretary and Treasurer of Board of For- 
eign Missions, was introduced. 



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Report of Committee on Missions adopted. (See Report 
No. 6.) 

Partial report of Committee on Ministerial Moral Char- 
acter submitted and adopted. (See Part I., Report No. 7.) 

Report of Committee on Christian Endeavor submitted 
and adopted. (See Report No. 9.) 

Partial report of Faculty submitted and adopted. (See 
Part I., Report No. 8.) 

Report of Committee to Investigate the Wells Fund sub- 
mitted and adopted. (See Report No. 10.) 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Whereas, The history and principles of the Methodist Protestant 
Church are too little known and appreciated; and 

Whereas. After seventy years of successful operation it is emi- 
nently fitting that we, by appropriate celebration throughout the 
District, gratefully recognize the guidance and blessing of Almighty 
God; and also that we bring our history and principles prominently 
befoi'e the people; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That a celebration of our seventieth anniversary be 
ordered to be held throughout the District, if practical, during April, 
1899, commencing on the second day thereof. 

Resolved. That a committee of three be appointed to collect and 
put in proper form such facts as may be advantageously used in 
such celebration; this committee also to suggest a suitable pro- 
gramme. 

F. R. Harris, 
T. M. Johnson. 

A resolution requiring pastors to take a collection each 
Sunday lost. 

On motion a letter from L. L. Albright was read. 

On motion letters from J. S. Dunn, W. P. Martin, D. A. 
Fishel and L. L. Albright referred to Committee on Corre- 
spondence. 

The following committees were announced: Programme 
Committee for next Conference (see item 7 of the report of 
Committee on President's Report), C. L. Whitaker, J. S. 
Williams, S. R. Harris; Committee to Consider the Interest 
of Superannuate Fund (see item 1 1 of report of Committee 
on President's Report), T. P. McCulloch. J. E. Hartseli, J. 
S. Hunter; President's Advisory Committee (see item 4 
of report of Committee on President's' Report), W. A. Bunch, 
T. M. Johnson, J. Norman Wills. 

Report of Treasurer of Special Committee on Yadkin 
College Indebtedness adopted. (See Report No. 11.) 

Moved and carried that the Incorporated Board of Trus- 
tees of this Conference be, and are, hereby elected Trustees 
of Yadkin College. 



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On motion the lease made by Special Committee on Yad- 
kiii College Indebtedness to W. T. Totten was confirmed, 
and the Trustees of the College authorized to draw up the 
papers. 

On motion money for Theological Seminary ordered to 
be turned over to H. L. Elderdice. 

On motion Secretary ordered to have minutes not re- 
corded in journal bound in book form. 

Character of H. D. Garmon passed. 

Report of Committee on Literature submitted and 
adopted. (See Report No. 12.) 

Report of Committee on Colleges submitted and adopted. 
(See Report No. 13.) 

Report of Committee on Statistics submitted and 
adopted. (See extra sheet in back of minutes.) 

Committee on Pulpit Service reported as follows: At 11 
A. M., Liberty, dedication of church, sermon by H. L. Elder- 
dice, dedication by W. A. Bunch; 11 a. m., M. E. Church, J. 

C. Berrien; 3 p. m., M. P. Church, T. M. Johnson; 7 p. M., 
M. P. Church, T. J. Ogburn; 11 a. m._. Pleasant Union, W. 

D. Pogieman; Mt. Pleasant. Wm. Porter; Flint Ridge, J. 
H. Moton; Rock Creek, J. D. Williams. 



FOURTH DAY— Evening Session, 



Conference at 7 p. M. with President W. F. Xennett in 
the chair. 

Prayer by H. S. B. Thompson. 
- W. F. Kennett read an address on Sunday Schools written 
by J. C. Roberts. 

A suggestion in the above-named address looking to the 
improvement of Sunday Schools was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Sunday Schools. 

On motion N. G. Bethea w^as instructed to send money 
collected for American Bible Society to Rev. T. H. Law, 
Spartanburg, S. C. 

T. M. Johnson gave stereopticon views of our colleges 
and other buildings, for which a rising vote of thanks was 
tendered. 

On motion collection taken to-day to liquidate debt on 
Liberty Church be reported as a part of the funds of the 
Board of Church Extension. 



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By request roll of preachers called to ascertain who will 
take work. 

Report of Committee on Finance submitted. Amended 
by taking- §5.00 of President's salary from Roanoke and 
putting on Halifax. Report adopted as amended. (See 
Report No. 14.) 

Report oi Committee to interview beneticaries submitted 
and adopted. (See Report No. 15.) 

Resolution by J. N. Gill and I. I. York relative to plan 
for taking general collections lost. 

Delegates from Uwharrie, Davidson and Wadesboro ex- 
cused. 

Conference adjourned. 



FIFTH DAY— Morning Session. 



Conference convened at 9 a. m., with President Kennett 
in the chair. 

Devotional exercises led by Yv". F. McDowell. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

On motion ordered that all money in hand for colleges be 
handed over to W. R. Lowdermilk, to be carried to W. P. 
Pickett. Treasurer. 

Committee to Disburse Superannuate Fund announced 
as follows: W. C. Hammer, J. W. Heath, W. W. Amick. 

Moved and carried that report of Committee on Bound- 
aries be reconsidered. RejDort amended by substituting 
New Garden for Hickory Grove (Circuit) in item 7. Report 
as amended adopted. (See Report No. 5.) 

Report of Conference Stewards submitted and adopted. 
(See extra sheet in back of minutes.) 

Report of Committee on Sunday Schools submitted and 
adopted. (See Report No. 16.) 

By consent members of Superannuate Fund Society and 
members of Committee to Disburse Superannuate Funds 
excused. 

On motion resolution of last year requiring President to 
appoint persons to discuss interests on which Conference 
Committees report be rescinded. 

A motion proposing to change item 5 of Report of Com- 
mittee on President's Report lost. 



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Report of Committee on Fraternal Relations submitted 
and adopted. (See Report No. 17.) 

Resolution to limit the term of a pastorate to four years 
laid on the table. 

Report of the Committee on Ordinance submitted and 
adopted. (See Report No. 18.) 

On motion J. F. McCulloch was made a Committee for 
Publishing Minutes. 

Resolution as to where a preacher should have his license 
renewed referred to President and his Advisory Com- 
mittee. 

On motion the rule requiring- candidates for ordination 
to complete the entire course of study before being or- 
dained, was suspended to allow Faculty to recoQimend R. 
M. Andrews for ordination. This with the distinct under- 
standing that it is suspended in this instance only because 
of its recent enactment, and this action must not be con- 
strued as a precedent. 

A resolution, liaving been amended to read as follows, 
was adopted: 

Besolved, That no pastor shall give a certificate to any person 
until authorized to do so by the society of which said person is a 
member. 

On motion the President was authorized to appoint a 
committee before which J. N. Garrett should state certain 
c(mditions on Wadesboro Circuit. Committee as follows: 
D. A. Highfill, J. H. Totten, Walter Bevans. 

Report of Committee to disburse Suijerannuate Fund 
submitted and adopted. (See Appendix of Report No. 19.) 

On motion the consideration of the Asheville Mission was 
made the order of the day for 1 o'clock. 

Conference adjourned. 



FIFTH DAY — Afternoon Session. 



Conference convened at 1:15 with President Kennett in 
the chair. 

On motion the order of the day to consider the Asheville 
Mission deferred until the arrival of W. A. Bunch. 

Report of the Superannuate Fund Society submitted and 
adopted. (See Rej)ort No. 19.) 



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On motion the act fixing the time of final adjournment at 
2:30 was rescinded. 

Report of Committee on Wades boro Circuit affair sub- 
mitted and adopted. (See Report No. 20.) 

W. A. Buncli having arrived, the interest of the Ashe- 
ville Mission was taken up. Collection to support the pas- 
tor of this mission was taken, amounting to §195.50. 

Further report of the Faculty submitted and adopted. 
(See Part II. of Report No. 8.) 

The following resolution was submitted and adopted: 

Resolved, That it gives us great pleasure to havewith us our beloved 
brother, Rev. T, J. Ogburn, with renewed strength after so many weeks 
of anxiety and suspense during his sickness. We gladly express our 
heartfelt thanks to the Ruler of all things that He, in answer to our 
prayers, has restored Bro. Ogburn to us from his bed of fever and 
delirium. Since actions mean more than words, it is, indeed, fitting 
that this Annual Conference has voted to make a thank offering the 
coming year by running our contributions to Foreign Missions be- 
yond all previous records. 

F. R. Harris, 
T. M. Johnson. 

The following resolution was adopted: 

Besolved. That this Conference tender the people of Liberty, of all 
denominations, and Rev. G. F. Millaway, pastor of Liberty circuit, 
a vote of thanks for their hospitality in welcoming and entertaining 
the members of (Conference and visitors. 

C. A. Cecil, 

J. F. McCULLOCH, 

J. W. Frank. 

Report on Pastoral Work submitted. 

On motion J. Norman Wills was elected Fraternal Mes- 
senger to the Maryland Conference. 

J. C. Berrien and H. L. Elderdice each made a few part- 
ing remarks as they were about leaving the Conference, 
after which Conference sang. "Blest be the tie that binds." 

Report on Pastoral Work adopted. (See Report No. 21.) 

On motion the subscription for the support of pastor on 
the Asheville Mission was turned over to the Board of 
Church Extension. 

The following Committee to collect facts and arrange 
programme for the celebration to be held in April was an- 
nounced: J. F. McCulloch, A. W. Lineberry, J. C. Roberts. 

The following Vv^as adopted : 

Sesolved, That we tender the authorities of the C. F. & Y. V. 
railroad a vote of thanks for the special train to convey members of 
Conference from Greensboro to Liberty, and special cars to convey 
them from Liberty to Greensboro. 



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On motion the ordination of R. M. Andrews ordered to 
take place at 7 o'clock this evening. 

Further report of Committee on Ministerial Moral Char- 
acter submitted and adopted. (See Part II. of Report No. 

A resolution, that this Conference District raise $300 for 
Westminster Theological Seminary, and ^1,800 for Foreign 
Missions, and that same be apportioned among the various 
charges in the same ratio as the President's salary, was 
adopted. 

The following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved. That J. F. McCuUoch, W. F. Kennett, T. M. Johnson, 
J. S. Hunter, and J. Norman Wills be elected a committee to ex- 
amine ministerial candidates and to recommend such as pass a 
satisfactory examination to the Board of Ministerial Education in 
the interim of this Conference. 

W. A. Bunch, 
F. R. Harris, 
Clifton L. Whitaker. 

The following was adopted: 

Whereas, We ars informed that children work eleven hours or 
more per day in some of our factories; therefore, be it 

Besolved, That it is the sense of this Conference that children of 
our State are imposed upon by excessive hours of labor, and we 
appeal to employers of labor, to parents and to the State Legisla- 
ture to give the required relief. 

J. F. McCULLOCH, 

C. A. Cecil. 

The following were elected as Board of Church Exten- 
sion: W. F. Kennett, T. M. Johnson, W. A. Bunch, J. 
Allen Holt, R. H. Brooks. 

Moved and carried that so long as a licentiate remain in 
the itineracy he shall not be required to have his license 
renewed. , 

Conference adjourned. 



FIFTH DAY— Evening Session. 



Song 224. Prayer by W. C. Hammer. Song 202. 

Conference called to order by the President at 7 o'clock. 

The ordination of R. M. Andrews being the order of the 
day, he was ordained ,by W. P. Kennett. assisted by W. A. 
Bunch and J. F. McCulloch. 



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Partial report of Faculty was submitted and adopted. 
(See Part III. of Report No. 8.) 

On motion R. M. Andrews was elected member of Con- 
ference. 

On motion J. P. McCulloch was invited to present to Con- 
ference the interest of Our Church Record. 

Ordered that the paper by J. S. Williams on "Literature" 
be published in Our ChurcJt Record. 

The following was adopted : 

Since the Conference has been so highly favored with music by 
the choir of the Liberty M. P. Church and the young- people of the 
town; therefore, be it 

Resolved, That we tender to them our sincere appreciation of the 
same. 

J. N. Gill, 

J. S. Williams. 

Report of Stationing Committee submitted. Report 
amended and adopted by rule of Conference. (See Report 
No. 22.) 

On motion the name of J. L. Johnson was stricken from 
the Conference Roll. 

Report of the Board of Church Extension submitted. 
So amended as to pay J. G. W. Holloway $25 for services 
rendered on the Asheville Mission. Report adopted as 
amended. (See Report No. 23.) 

Minutes read and approved. 

Conference finally adjourned. 

W. P. Kennett, President. 
T. M. Johnson, Secretary. 



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REF^ORXS. 



REPORT NO. I. 

Greensboro, N. C, November 24, 1898. 
To the Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, in session 
at Liberty, N. C: 

Dear Brethren:— On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the 
Methodist Protestant Publishing- House, I have the honor to submit 
the following- annual report: 

The report of the Treasurer of the Building Fund shows that, of 
the amount pledged, $5,135.25 has been collected, leaving $446.04 in 
pledg-es still unpaid. This unpaid balance we think should be paid, 
and a part of it we have good reason to believe will be, the delay in 
doing so being- due to a lack of ability rather than of disposition. 
We would urge upon all who pledged themselves to contribute, the 
desirability of their doing so at the earliest possible date. 

The total value of the building, as represented by the cost of 
same, is $7,969.25. Its real value may be safely estimated to be at 
least $500 more than this amount, as our lot has increased in value 
since it was purchased, and as we made quite a saving in cost by vir- 
tue of our wall contracts. 

The report of the Treasurer of the Corporation shows a net income 
from the building, from November 1, 1897, to November 1, 1898, of 
$751.83. A few brethren, members of the Board of Trustees, and others, 
generously agreed to provide for the interest on the debt, and $110 
was contributed for this purpose. Throug-h the liberal patronage 
of the business men of Greensboro and the hearty co-operation of 
many of the members of this Conference, there has been realized 
from the Historical Edition, No. 1, of Our Church Record, the sum of 
$95, which the trustees think may be regarded as an offset to the 
amount appropriated for the maintenance of Our Church Record. This 
will show the total receipts, including- a donation of $5, to be $961.83. 

This has been expended as follows : 

Paid Our Church Record $220 00 

Paid on debt and for permanent improvements 492 01 

Paid interest 101 41 

Paid sundry expenses (keeping up property, etc.) 136 64 

Total $950 06 

Cash on hand 11 77 

The lai'ge item of expense is due to the fact that the building- has 
been insured for a term of years, at a very advantageous rate, thus 
providing- for the largest item of expense for some time to come. Our 
debt has been reduced to $2,245.75. The trustees think that in view 
of the satisfactory income derived from the building, and in view of 
the improvements being made in the style of architecture of other 
buildings being erected in our city, that no mistake has been made 
in the erection of the handsome building which we have, although 
its cost has exceeded our first estimate. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. Norman Wills, Secretary. 



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REPORT NO. 2. 

Course of Study for Candidates for Preachers' License. 

First Year — Reading-, Spelling-, History of the United States, Geog- 
raphy of the Western Hemis])here, Fundamental Operations in Arith- 
metic (including- Common and Decimal Fractions ), Bible Study — 
Genesis to Job, Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress," Irving's "Sketch 
Book," English Grammar (First Half of Longman's School Gram- 
mar, or equivalentj. 

Second Year — Geography of the Eastern Hemisphere, Outline His- 
tory of the World, Practical Applications of Arithmetic (including 
Simple Accounts in Bookkeeping), English Grammar (Second Half 
of Longman's, or equivalent), Bible Study — Job to Malachi. Life of 
Christ (Fleetwood's, Farrar's, Geikie's, or equivalent), Dickens' 
"Tale of Two Cities." 

Third Year — Physical Geography, English History, Natural Phil- 
osophy, Elements of Composition (Lockwood's, or equivalent). 
Study of the New Testament and the General Doctrines of the Bible, 
Milton's "Paradise Lost," Lonfellow's "Evangeline," Tennyson's 
"Enoch Arden." 

T. M. Johnson, 

J. F. McCULLOCH, 

J. Norman Wills, 
Committee. 



REPORT NO. 3. 

Committee on President's Report. 

To the Ayinual Conference, Methodist Protestant Church, Liberty, N. C: 
In reviewing the report of your President we note with much pleas- 
ure the substantial progress of your labors during the past year and 
the faithful and laborious work of your pastors, but it pa;ns us that 
their salaries have been levied so low, and even then many of these 
have not been fully met. 

1. We do feel the pastor's salary when fixed by the Quarterly 
Conference ought to be considered on churches, as a note made in 
due legal form, and should be invariably satisfied. 

2. We recommend that pastors be urged to have all reports ready 
on morning of second day of the Conference, that business may be 
dispatched. 

.3. We note that many " soreheads "and much "driftwood " have 
headed this way, and while we are glad to welcome any brother who 
comes to us in the name of the Master, we hope and recommend that 
your present Executive jealously guard your doors against unworthy 
and undesirable persons. 

4. We recommend that pastors infonn themselves more fully as 
to our church laws, and if in doubt as to the intent of the law they 
advise with your Executive; further, that your body elect a commit- 
tee of three, to be known as the President's Advisory Committee, 
who are to aid the President in adjusting doubtful points when asked 
by him so to do. If not satisfied with such, decisions pastors or 
churches may appeal to next session of Conference. 

5. On Church Extension we fully and heartily agree and recom- 
mend the appointment of a committee of three annually ( two laymen 
and one minister) in each subdistrict, who shall investigate all appli- 



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cations for help, and that in future where aid is extended in building- 
churches that same be made as a loan and that this committee see 
and know that a lej^'al and binding- note is made to your board cov- 
ering- such loan, and that they see that the churches have given the 
proper authority for the boi'rowing of this money and for signing- 
said obligation; that said notes be payable at 10 percent, annually, 
beginning two years from date, and bear no interest. 

6. The assessm.ent and envelope systems we recommend as the 
best and urge theii universal adoption. 

7. We recommend that the President appoint a committee, to be 
known as the Committee on Programme, who shall arrange a pro- 
gramme for next session to wisely expedite business, arranging with 
visitors and others and naming dates on which the Conference will 
hear them on the various interests. 

8. Recommend that the pastors take their Class Books to next 
session of the Conference and that acompetentcommittee be appointed, 
who shall examine same, and that the pastor's official character, so 
far as the case requi)-es. depend upon i-eport of said committee. 

9. We recommend that the editor of Our Church Record be requested 
to publish from time to time such points on the principles and polity 
of our church as are needed to properb,^ enlighten our whole people. 

10. We recommend that, in our opinion, it would be wise for the 
President to visit and thoroughly investigate charges that seem to be 
declining and to recommend plans of procedure at your next session 
that shall improve their condition and usefulness, and that he shall 
travel the district. 

11. We recommend that as far as possible the committee that 
apportions and handles the Superannuate Fund and your officers of 
Superannuate Fund Society be one and the same, and that the treas- 
urer of said Society be placed imder satisfactory bond. (Postponed 
for one yeai-. ) 

12. We recommend the adoption of all other items not heretofore 
mentioned, believing every recommendation of the President, if car- 
ried oat, would greatly increase your strength and usefulness. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. Swain, 

J. S. HUXTEK. 



REPORT NO. 4. 

Committee on Temperance. 

1. In view of the fact that it is generally estimated that 60,000 
persons die annually in the United States as the result of the use of 
intoxicating liquors, at the enormous cost in money of about a bill- 
ion and half of dollars, to say nothing of the privations, sufferings, 
blight, ruin and woe of families, which is beyond computation, this 
Conference is uncompromisingly opposed to the manufacture, sale 
and use of intoxicating liquoi's as a beverage. 

2. Tliat we continue to practice total abstinence ourselves. 

3. That Vv-e in no way whatever, either directly or indirectly — so 
far as we know — aid or abet others in the manufacture, sale and 
use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage. 

4. That in harmony with the foregoing, we protest against our 
members knowingly, in anywise whatever, furnishing- grain, fruit or 
or other material for distillation. 



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5. But that we exert our influence in every legitimate way, by 
working, preaching, praying and voting for the abolition of the in- 
iquitous traffic, and for the bringing about the habit of universal 
total abstinence. 

6. We believe the time has arrived for this Conference to put 
itself on record as opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of the 
deadly cigarette, as being a twin-brother to the manufacture, sale 
and use of intoxicating liquors. 

Signed, J. F. DosiER, 

E. A. Plyler, 
I. I. York, 
L. C. HiNE. 

REPORT NO. 5. 

Committee on Boundaries. 

To the North Carolina Annual Conference, Methodist Protestant Church, 
Liberty, N. C.: 
Your Board on Boundaries beg to recommend — 

1. That you detach Flag Springs Church from Flag Springs cir- 
cuit and add same to Richland circuit. 

2. The name of Flag Springs circuit be changed to Why Not cir- 
cuit. 

3. Recommended that you detach Caroleen, Pleasant Hill and 
Powell's School House from Cleveland circuit and add to these Forest 
City and create a mission to be known as Caroleen and Forest City 
Mission. 

i. Drop Salem from Randolph circuit. 

5. Detach Bethel fi'om Roanoke circuit and add same to Halifax 
circuit. 

6. Attach Cana to Davidson circuit. 

7. Detach from Guilford circuit Shady Grove, Red Hill, Hickory 
Grove, Sandy Ridge. Ai and Hopewell, and same be made a circuit, 
to be known as New Garden circuit. 

8. Detach Mitchel's Grove from Uwharrie circuit and add to Guil- 
ford circuit, Guilford circuit then to consist of the following, Fair- 
field, Lebanon, Spring Hill and Mitchel's Grove. 

9. That you detach Rehoboth from Albemarle circuit and attach 
same to Plymouth and Edenton Mission and that it constitute a cir- 
cuit known as Plymouth cii'cuit. 

(10, n and 12 rejected. ) 

13. That where changes in boundaries are desired requests should 
be made by the Quarterly Conferences in writing to your body on or 
before opening day of your next Conference. 

Respectfully submitted, C. A. Cecil, 

J. S. Hunter, 
W. N. Brown, 
J. N. Gill. 

REPORT NO. 6. 

Committee on Missions. 

The missionary interest is an essential part of the work of the 
church, and no church can be true to Christ that does not put forth 
mission effort. 

Our missionary work is classed under three heads — Local, Home 
and Foreign. The Foreign Missionary work is a great work; great 



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from any point of view, great because it develops and broadens the 
Christianity of those who engag-e in it. 

We are glad to note that there has been awakened an interest in 
this work among our people, and we feel sui-e, under the leadership 
of the Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of 
Foreign Missions, seconded by the members of Conference, there 
shall be aroused a deeper interest. 

Home Missionary work contemplates the establishment of the 
Methodist Pi-otestant Church in those sections of the United States 
where it does not exist. We are told that much of the population of 
the great West is composed of foreigners whose religious beliefs 
antagonize the principles of our government, so that patriotism as 
well as religion demands that we preach the gospel to them: besides 
a great many of North Carolina's sons have their homes in these 
sections. We think, therefore, this should intensify our interest in 
the work of the Board of Home Missions. 

But perhaps just now our greatest interest should be in Local 
Missions, as upon our strength, in part, depends the amount of aid 
we can render in Foreign work, and we alone are responsible for 
the occupancy of this State. 

Your Committee would respectfully suggest that in deciding on 
towns and villages in which to build Methodist Protestant churches 
preference be given, other things being equal, to places surrounded 
by Methodist Protestant influences: and the rural districts, in the 
selection of fields for missionary operations those places have the 
prefei-ence where the citizenship and material conditions promise the 
greatest success. T. F. McCulloch, 

J. R. Savage, 

D. A. HiGHFILL. 

W. W. Hunter, 
J. A. King. 



REPORT NO. 7-Part I. 

Committee on Ministerial Moral Character. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Moral Character desire to submit 
the following report : 

1. In reference to Bro. D. A. BraswelPs moral character, we find 
that he is charged with not paying his debts, but after making inves- 
tigation we conclude that he has paid on his debts since connecting 
himself with this Conference all that he reasonably could; we there- 
fore, recommend that his character pass, with the understanding that 
he continue to make every effort possible to liquidate his remaining 
indebtedness. 

J. E. Hartsell, Chairman. 
W. W. Amick, 
W. L. Harris, 
J. F. DOSIER, 
J. R. Hutton. 

report no. 7— part u. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Moral Character wish to submit 
the following report : 

In reference to the character of Rev. ,1. G. W. Holloway, we find 
after a careful investigation that by his own statements his conduct 



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has been such that it amounts to gi'oss cai'elessness and criminal 
thoujj-htlessness, at least, and that he acted so indiscreetl}' that we 
are forced to recommend that his character be suspended until the 
sitting of our next Annual Conference. 

J. E. Haetsell, 

J. R. HUTTON, 

W. L. Harris, 
W. W. Amick, 
J. P. DOSIER. 

REPORT NO. 8-Part 1. 

Faculty. 

The Committee on the examination of candidates for the ministry 
would report: 

1. That Bros. S. E. Lucas and L. E. White have been examined 
and are recommended for admission to the class. 

2. That the following have been examined and passed in the studies 
named : Bros. N. G. Bethea and C. E. Forlines in ' 'The Pastor Amidst 
His Flock"; Bro. R. M. Andrews in Logic, Butler's Analogy and 
Bassett's History: Bros. C. E. Forlines, J. W. Frank, N. G. Bethea, 
E. G. Lowdermilk. J. H. Bowman in "Broadus on the Preparation 
and Delivery of Sermons'"; Bro. N. G. Bethea in Binney's Com- 
pend; Bro. J. H. Bowman in Bassetfs History. 

.J. F. McCuLLOCH, Secretary. 

REPORT NO. 8— PART II. 

Addition to report of Committee of Examination: 

J. H. Bowm^an has passed examination in Ralston 's Elements and 
Watson's Institutes; R. M. Andrews in Ralston's Elements, in Black- 
burn's Church History, AVatson's Institutes, and Moral Science; J. 
W. Frank in Moral Science; C. E. Forlines in Moral Science and 
Blackburn's Church History; H. L. Powell in Watson's Institutes 
(First and Second Parts); N. G. Bethea has presented an acceptable 
sermon on "Repentance". 

Rev. George H. Biggs' application for employment is referred to 
the President, with the recommendation that Bro. Biggs be employed 
if the President can advantageously employ him. 

Bro. R. M. Andrews is recommended for ordination and reception 
into the Conference. 

J. F. McCuLLOCH, Secretary. 

REPORT NO. 8— PART III. 

The Committee on Examination would report that Bro.- W. D. 
Pogleman has passed examination in all the studies of the course 
and has been oi'dained and we would recommend that he be received 
as a member of the Annual Conference. 

J. F. McCULLOCH, Secretary. 



REPORT NO. 9. 

Committee on Christian Endeavor. 

We hardly think the past year one of growth numerically in mem- 
bers or societies. There are reasons to believe that it has been one 
of deepening power. 



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The State Convention was an inspiration to a number of Christian 
Endeavor workers and we recommend that the societies urg-e tlieir 
pastors to attend these conventions. 

The Conference held during' our last State Convention for pastors 
was helpful. We believe the subdistrict sujjerintendency a wise 
means to more thoroughly organize the work and yovir committee 
would recommend that it be continued. 

We think it very helpful to form Local Unions and would urge the 
pastors to look after the matter. 

We recognize with much pleasure the two almost new features of 
the Christian Endeavor movement — "The Tenth Legion" and "The 
Quiet Hour." One is a means of spiritual thought, the other an 
awakening- in our minds upon the subject of systematic giving. 

We call attention to the work of "Aunt Ruth," also the Christian 
Endeavor column in Our Ghuvcli Record, and ask by consent of editor 
that it be continued. 

H. S. B. Thompson, 

W. D. FOGLEMAN, 
W. R. LOWDERMILK, 

REPORT NO. 10. 

Committee to Investigate the Wells Fund. 

The Committee to Investigate the Disposition of the Wells Fund 
report as follows : 

It had been claimed that the Fund was directly under the super- 
vision of the Annual Conference, as it was claimed that the Wells 
Chapel Society was extinct when the money came into the hands of 
the trustees, and also that the Pigeon River charge was extinct, 
therefore the property vested in the Annual Conference. 

We hnd that there were two Boards of Trustees elected — first, the 
Buncombe circuit elected; second, the Annual Conference elected. 
The Boards were the same, except that the Conference elected C A. 
Pickens, whereas the Buncombe circuit had not elected the said C. 
A. Pickens. We also find that the Wells Chapel Society became a 
member of Buncombe circuit after the Pigeon River charge became 
extinct; therefore, those Trustees claimed to have acted by authority 
of the Buncombe circuit, and, if this be correct, and we have no rea- 
son to doubt it, they acted correctly. 

We, therefoi'e, recommend that the matter be dismissed and that 
in the future we investigate prior to the spending of such funds. 

W. A. Bunch, 
J. G. W. Hollo WAY, 
J, N. Gill. 



REPORT NO. il. 

Treasurer's Report. 

At the last Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, 
held in High Point, N. C, 1897, Yadkin College indebtedness came 
before the Conference and was disposed of by a})pointing a commit- 
tee, as follows: W. A. Bunch, J. H. Sto\ve,'W. F. Kennett, W. P. 
Pickett, J. L. Ogburn and Prof. J. A. Holt. This committee was 
empowered to collect all pledges and pay off the College debt. 



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Above committee met on November 30th, 1897, at W. P. Pickett's 
office and elected the followiug- officers, viz., W. A. Bunch, Chair- 
man: J. H. Stowe, Secretary, and W. P. Pickett, Treasurer. 

The Secretary gave tlie Treasurer a list of all pledges for the Col- 
lege and turned over all collections to him. The Treasurer was in- 
structed to urge the payment of all pledges and a list of the pledges 
was ordered to be put in Our Church Record. 

On motion the meeting adjourned, subject to the call of the Chair- 
man. 



The next meeting of the committee was called by the Chairman in 
Greensboro, in the Publishing House, on April 10th. 1898. The mem- 
bers of the committee being all present, it was found from the Treas- 
ui^er's report that not enough collections had been made to pay off 
the Yadkin College debt, therefore extension of time was granted in 
order that all pledges might be collected. 

The Treasurer reported at this meeting that he had paid off the 
widow Shoaf note, $220, and was instructed not to pay any more on 
the notes until there was enough collected to pay off" all notes in full. 

On motion the meeting was adjourned, subject to the call of the 
Chairman. 



The third meeting was called by the Chairman to meet in Greens- 
boro on May 31st, 1898, in the Publishing House. 

At this meeting it was found that the pledges which were then being 
paid would not amount to enough to pay off the College debt, hence 
Pi-of. J. A. Holt was instructed to correspond with parties in regard 
to leasing them the College property for a term of years to the best 
possible advantage, giving Professor Holmes the preference of the 
lease. 

Meeting' was adjourned, on motion, to meet at the call of the Chair- 
man. 

On June 6th. 1898, Prof. J. Allen Holt reported thathe had leased 
the College for a term of years to AV. T. Totten for $321, which was 
$120 more than Professor Holmes offered. This rjeing the best offer 
received, the committee instructed Professor Holt to make a contract 
with Mr. Totten. Said contract is as follows: 

One note for $100, payable in one year. 

One note for $100 i^ayable in two years. 

One note for $121, payable in three years. 

Above notes to bear interest from July 16th at the rate of 6 per cent. 

The Treasurer was also instructed to pay on the Harris note all 
the money on band at this time, which was $725. Professor Holt was 
instructed to place the Totten notes with any parties who would ad- 
vance the money and take the notes. 



The fourth meeting of the committee was called for October 1st. 
1898, in Greensboro, N. C, in the Publishing House. Only three of 
the committee were present, as follows, viz., W. A. Bunch, J. A. 
Holt and W. P. Picket. W. A Bunch reported that he had money 
from J. L. Ogburn to take up one of the $100 notes and the Treasurer 
was instructed to fill out the note and hand it over to J. L. Ogbui-n. 



W. p. Pickett took the othei' $100 note and advanced the money on 
the same. This leaving one note for $121 to be placed, Prof. .J. A. 
Holt was instructed to make an effort to get someone to take the note 
and advance the money. 

On motion the meeting- was adjourned. 



On November 17th, 1898, Prof. J. A. Holt sent a check for $12.3.43, 
$2.43 of above amount being interest from July 16th on the $121 note. 
It was found the Treasurer at this late date, after all efforts had 
been made, did not have enough money on hand to pay off the Yad- 
kin College debt in full. After corresponding with the committee it 
was decided, in order to settle above debt in full, for the Trustees to 
advance the balance of the money that was necessary and take up 
the Yadkin College mortgage, which was done by the Treasurer on 
November 21st, 18U8, and the pa]:)ers pertaining to the same were put 
in his hands and are subject to the action of this Annual Conference. 
I would i-ecommend that this Conference approve of the lease to W. 
T. Totten and make the same to him. 

I would also recommend that a new set of Trustees be elected for 
Yadkin College. 

Balance paid on notes, $403.83. 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. P. Pickett, Treasurer. 



REPORT NO 12. 

Committee on Literature. 

Your C!omraittee on Literature would rejiort — 

We recognize with profound thankfulness the sacrifice and the 
faithfulness of Rev. J. F. McCulloch, in service for four years as 
editor of Our Church Record. We congratulate him on the success 
of the enterprise as an educator and bespeak such co-operation on 
our part as will secure financial success. 

The two historical issues were of untold value, not only to put on 
i-ecord the facts of our pioneer days in North Carolina, but to quicken 
an interest in our history and to inspire us to greater activity. 

The Church Record is ours. To get the greatest good from it a 
member must put money into it. He must put into it the best news 
and the best thought. He must have it read. He must read it him- 
self. Our Church Record has created a place in hundreds of homes 
which cannot be filled by any other paper. Its past has made its 
future indispensable. Its present readers know this fact. Hundreds 
of other homes will become wedded to it if we bring it to them. 

We recommend that the members of this Annual Conference pledge 
themselves to bring every member on his charge into personal knowl- 
edge of Our Church Record, and that we make it our endeavor to place 
a permanent subscription in every IMethodist Protestant family this 
year. 

We are pleased with the proposition of Dr. Tagg to arrange club 
rates for the Metlvjdist Frotestant and Our Church Record. We hope 
that similar arrangements can be made between the Methrjdist Re- 
corder and Our Church Record. We commend both the Metlwdist Pro- 
testant and Methodist Recorder to our readers, and especially the his- 
torical number of the Metlwdist Protestant. 



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We recommend that each pastor see to it that our own Sunday 
School literature is used on his field, and that the passage of his 
official character at the next Conference depends ux:)on it; tliat he 
iinpress upon his Sunday School the necessity for a Sunday School 
library and deixionstrate to them how easily a library may be had. 
We recommend that in the statistical reports for this year provi- 
sion be made for the Mcthodisi Protestant., Methodist Recorder., Our 
Church Record and the Sunday School literature separately. 

We I'eeoramend that due attention be given to the minutes; that 
the practical measures of our Annual Conference as they exist to-day 
be published in Our Church Record immediately upon the adjourn- 
ment of the Conference. 

We are glad foi- the assurance that "The History of Methodist 
Reform." by Dr. Drinkhouse. will soon be issued from the press. 
We recommend that our members take advantage of the advance 
subscription price of $4. 
Signed, 

W. M. Pike, 
J. S. Williams, 
William Pokier, 
H. B. King, 
W. M. Julian. 

REPORT NO. 13. 

Committee on Colleges. 

Your Committee notes witli pleasure the efficient work being done 
by Western Maryland and Adrian Colleges, and I'ecommend these 
excellent institutions to all seeking a collegiate education. 

Kansas City University is, as we understand, equipping itself to aid 
those who wish to prepare tor the pi'ofessions, also to those who wish 
to do academic or collegiate work. We also recommend this insti- 
tution to our people. 

We are especially rejoiced to be able to report that Yadkin Col- 
lege is no longer hampered by debt. We commend to all Yadkin Col- 
lege and Pallston High Schools as well worthy the patronage of 
those who are easily accessible to them. 

Oak Ridge Institute, while not in an^- way under the management 
of our church, offers special inducements to our young men prepar- 
ing for the ministry by giving them free tuition. This school, too, 
is worthy of our patronage. 

We most heartily recommend Westminster Theological Seminary 
to our young men contemplating entering the ministry, and also to 
our people for financial support, and most urgently insist that the 
amount asked for of this Conference District be contributed. We 
also commend our Theological Seminary at Adrian, Mich. 

T. M. Johnson, 
n. m. modlin, 
Junius Hardee, 
C. L. Whitaker. 



REPORT NO. 14-Part I. 

Committee on Finances. 
Your Committee on Finances reports as follows: 
1. We find on comparing the financial reports of the past few 
years that there has been a slight improvement in some collections. 



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while others show a decrease: but wo hope the reports to this Con- 
ference will show an increase in the contributions to all the different 
interests of the church. 

2. We consider tliat the ideal church — viewed from a financial 
standpoint — is that church in which each member fulfills to the letter 
the vow taken by him, when he joined the church, to contribute as 
God o-ives him ability to the support of tiie Gospel Ministry and the 
benevolent enterprises of the church; and we recommend that pastors 
be urged to use every possible means to biing their churches up to 
this ideal. 

3. We consider the Foi-eign Mission work the work of the church, 
for which all other interests of the church should exist and be sup- 
ported; for, as "the body increaseth by that which every joint sup- 
])lieth," so the Master's g'l-eat commission must be carried out, not 
by supporting- the Foreign Mission cause alone, but by supporting 
every interest of the church and making each an auxiliary in the 
evangelization of the world, for here, as in the body, "if one mem- 
ber suffer, all the members must suffer with it." We believe that it 
would be well if our people could be brought to understand that we 
want oui" pastors supported, the church extended in our own borders. 
Home Missions supported, ministers educated, theological seminaries 
maintained and colleges endowed, only to enable us to do more in 
carrying out the Master's command, "Go yo into all the world and 
preach the Gospel to every creature." 

■i. In view of the fact that we can neglect no interest of the church 
without injury to the whole, we deem it useless to urge our faithful 
pastors and laymen not to neglect Home Missions and Church Ex- 
tension. 

5. As education is powei", and education sanctified bj^ the Holy 
Spirit is a great power for good, we would urge that we try to increase 
our contributions to ministerial education, theological seminai'iesand 
colleges. 

6. We believe that the matter of a sufficient and timely support of 
the pastors might be brought about by getting the people to look 
upon the pastor neither as an object of charity nor simply as an 
hireling who is to be paid his wages only when his work is done, but 
as a leader in the warfare against wickedness and sin, who must be 
sufficiently and timely supplied with "the sinews of war" or suiter 
defeat to a greater or less extent. We, therefore, recommend that 
the assessment jilan V.)e used and that Stewards collect the pastor's 
salary in advance if possible and be required to report to their re- 
spective churches quarterly the amounts collected and by whom paid. 

7. As the child who neglects his ])a)'ents, by whose labor and sac- 
rifice he has been brought to manhood's estate, is censured by all 
good people, so we cannot, as a church, escape the censure of all the 
good if we fail to care for our aged ministers and the widows of the 
deceased ones, by whose labors and sacrifices the church has been 
maintained in the past. 

8. We recommend that Easter and Children's Day services be 
held wherever practicable and that the proceeds of such services be 
turned over to the Home and Foreign Missionary Boards respec- 
tively. 

9. We recommend an assessment of $300 for Westminster Theo- 
logical Seminary, to be apportioned to the different fields in same 
ratio as President's salary. We further recommend that this Con- 
ference accept the assessment of $1,800 laid upon it by the Board of 



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Foreign Missions, and that the same be apportioned to the diffei'ent 
charg-es in the ?ame ratio as the President's salary. 

10. For the other general interests we would recommend no spe- 
cial assessment, but urge all pastors to make earnest etf orts to bring 
up a good collection for each at next Conference. 

11. We recommend that the President's salary be $1,000, appor- 
tioned as follows: 



Alamance $35 00 

Albemarle 12 50 

Asheboro 25 00 

Asheville 5 00 

Buncombe 20 00 

Burlington 7 50 

Caldwell 5 00 

Catawba 15 00 

Chatham 15 00 

Cleveland 27 00 

Davidson 30 00 

Flat Rock 40 00 

Forsyth 25 00 

Gibsonville 10 00 

Granville 30 00 

Greensboro 15 00 

Greenville 20 00 

Gu^ilford 14 00 

Halifax 35 00 

Haw River 35 00 

Henderson 27 00 

High Point 10 00 

Ivy 18 00 

La Grange 20 00 

Lexington 10 00 

Liberty $25 00 



Lincoln 27 00 

Littleton 18 00 

jNIecklenburg 20 00 

Mocksville 20 00 

Mt. Hermon 35 00 

Orange 25 00 

Plymouth 12 50 

Randleman 20 00 

Randolph 22 50 

Richland 17 00 

Roanoke 30 00 

Saxapahaw 15 00 

Spring Church 10 00 

Stanly 20 00 

Surry 20 00 

Tabernacle 35 00 

Uwharrie 20 00 

Vance 25 00 

Wadesboro 7 00 

Why Not ■. 25 00 

Winston Circuit 20 00 

Winston Station 10 00 

Yadkin 10 00 

Hickory Grove 11 00 

Caroleen and Forest City. 3 00 

J. H. Stowe, 
J. D. Williams, 
A. E. Carter, 
F. R. Harris, 

Committee. 



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report no. 14— part ii. 
Apportionment of Assessment for Seminary and Foreign Missions. 



Charges. 



Alamance 

Albemarle 

Asheboroand Cedar Palls. 

Asheville 

Buncombe 

Burlington 

Caldwell 

Catawba 

Chatham 

Cleveland 

Davidson 

E'latKock 

Forsyth 

Gibsonville 

Granville 

Greensboro 

Guilford 

Greenville 

Halifax 

Haw? River 

Henderson . 

Hig-h Point 

Ivy 

La Grange 

Lexington 

Liberty 

Lincoln 

Littleton 

Mecklenburg- 

Mocksville 

Mt. Hermon 

Orange 

Plymoutfi 

Randleman 

Randolpli 

Riclitand 

Roanoke 

Saxapahaw 

Spring Churc-h 

Stanley 

Surry 

Tabernacle 

Uwharrie 

Vance 

Wadesboro 

Why Not 

Winston 

Winston Station 

Yadkin 

Caroleen and Forest City . 



Seminary. 

$10 50 

3 65 
7 50 

1 50 

6 00 

2 25 
1 50 

4 50 
4 50 
9 00 
9 00 

12 00 

7 50 

3 00 
9 00 

4 50 

4 20 
6 00 
9 00 

10 50 

8 10 
3 00 

5 40 

6 00 
3 00 

7 50 

8 10 

5 40 

6 00 

6 00 
10 50 

7 50 
3 
6 
6 



65 
00 



10 
00 
50 
00 

00 
00 



10 50 

6 00 

7 50 

2 10 
6 00 
G (JO 

3 00 
3 00 

90 



Foreign 
Missions. 

$63 00 
22 50 
45 00 

9 00 
36 00 
13 50 

9 00 
27 00 
27 00 
54 00 
54 00 
72 00 
45 00 
18 00 
54 00 
27 00 
25 20 
36 00 
54 00 
63 00 
48 60 
18 00 
32 40 
36 00 
18 00 
45 00 
48 60 
32 40 
36 00 
36 00 
63 00 
45 00 
22 50 
36 00 
30 50 
20 60 
54 00 
27 00 
18 00 
36 00 
36 00 
63 00 
36 00 
45 00 
12 60 
36 00 
36 00 
18 00 
18 00 

5 40 



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REPORT NO. 15. 

Committee on Beneficiaries' Obligations. 

Your Commitlee to Investigate Beneficiaries of the Boai-d of Min- 
isterial Education would report that the following- have been before 
us: J. D. Williams, J. W. Frank, W. E. Swain, N. M. Modlin, J. 
S. Williams. C. H. Whitaker. Of these J. D. Williams and J. W. 
Frank have met their obligation to pay one-tenth of salary for the 
present year: W. E. Swain has paid two-thirds of the amount re- 
quired and he agreed to pay the remainder at once.* The others have 
given satisfactory i-eason for partial failure to pay one-tenth of sal- 
ary for present year. 

The following are the amounts paid for the pi-esent year as reported 
to us bv J. C. Berrien, Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Minis- 
terial Education: C. H. Whitaker, $1; W. E. Swain, $25: J. D. Will- 
iams, $33.50; N. M. Modlin, $15: .J. W. Frank, $20; J. S. Williams, 
$7.20 (interest); W. W. Amick, Treasurer of North Carolina Board 
(balance in hand), $50. 

J. F. McCULLOCH, 

C. E. M. Raper, 
W. W. Hunter. 



REPORT NO. 16. 

Committee on Sunday Schools. 

Your Committee on Sunday Schools wish to submit the following 
report : 

1. Since it is demanded by the minutes of our last Annual Con- 
ference that the Superintendents of the various Sunday Schools 
present a written report to each Quai'terly Conference, giving an 
account of the attendance, collections, the increase or decrease in 
membership and to repoi-t to the Fourth Quarterly Conference a sum- 
mary of the work of the year: we, therefore, insist that it is the duty 
duty of the pastor to see thatthe foregoing requii-ements beimpressed 
upon the minds of the officers of the schools. 

2. We recognize the great importance of early training, since 
youth is the springtime of intelligence and in view of the fact that 
we are crowded with impure literature and at an easy command of 
our Sunday School scholars: we. therefore, insist with great earn- 
estness that each school make a decisive ett'ort to have a library of 
its own, though its beginning be ever so small. 

3. We further I'ecommend the use of our Sunday School litera- 
ture and our Sunday School papers, and would suggest that the Sun- 
day Schools club together in purchasing the same in order to get 
the benefit of tlie reduced prices. 

4. Believing as we do that the Sunday School has failed in some 
instances to win to the church those whom it is designed to win. and 
believing that such failures are due largely to the fact that in many 
instances it is in impropei' hands, we recommend to the pastors and 
Sunday School workers of this Conference that in the selection of 
officers, care be taken to elect those persons only who are of undoubted 
piety and such as can bring to bear upon the scholars the power of 
a godly life. 

*Seeretiiry Beriieii repoi'ts this paid, adding .fia to .$25 given above. — Publisher 
Minutes. 



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5. Eesolved, That it shall be the duty of all pastors, at their 
appointments next preceding each Quarterly Conference, to hold a 
church council for the discussion of all matters pertaining to the 
Sunday School of that particular church where such council is called, 
and to set in motion such action as shall contribute to the growth 
and efficiency of said school. 

J. R. HUTTON, 
C. E. M. Raper, 
W. C. Hammer, 
R. D. Paschal, 
G. F. Robinson. 

REPORT NO. 17. 

Committee on Fraternal Relations. 

Your Committee on Fraternal Relations presents its preport: 

1. We have had with us at this session Rev. J. C. Berrien, Cor- 
responding Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Ministerial 
Education, Methodist Protestant Church. He handled the subject in 
hand in a masterly way. The earnestness, fire and warmth of heart 
as seen in the delivery of his discourse was inspiring. Surely he 
hath helped us. 

2. We also have had with us Rev. H. L. Elderdice, President of 
the Theological Seminary, Westminster, Md. He presented the inter- 
est in hand in a way that showed he was no new hand at the busi- 
ness. The evidences to a call to the ministry, so clearly stated, we 
wish they could be reproduced and read by all who are looking to the 
ministry. He also represents Dr. Tagg, Editor of the Methodist Protest- 
ant. While we would have been glad to have had the Doctor with 
us again, we are glad he sent us so good a substitute. 

3. We, with warmth of heart, return greeting to J. W. Hering, 
President of the General Conference, Methodist Protestant Church; 
L. W. Bates, D.D.,T. H. Lewis, D.D., President Western Maryland 
College; Prof. S. Simpson and Bros. Dixon and Hartsell. 

4. We have also with us Rev. T. J. Ogburn (Our Tommie), the 
Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Foreign Missions. We are 
ever glad to have him with us. Your Committee think it befitting 
and proper that we as a Conference return thanks to God that He 
brought back our Brother from the gates of death to active life, thus 
blessing his family, his Conference and the Methodist Protestant 
Church at large; and also that the money for Foreign Missions dur- 
ing the year 1899, commencing with this Conference, be given as a 
thank-offering for his recovery. 

C. A. Pickens, 
A. L. Hunter. 



REPORT NO. 18. 

Committee on Ordinances. 

The Methodist Protestant Church recognizes two ordinances, viz., 
the Lord's Supper and Baptism. Our Saviour instituted the Sup- 
])er Vjefore His death and commanded his followers to commemorate 
His death until He come again. This ordinance should be regarded 
as one of great interest to the church. If we properly observe it we 
will have sweet communion with Christ and joy in our souls. It is 



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a sad and discouraging fact tliat a great many of our people do not 
avail themselves of the opportunities they have of partaking of this 
ordinance. They palpably refuse to obey Christ, who purchased 
them by the shedding of His precious Vjlood and whom they claim 
to love and serve. Such is very inconsistent. During the past year 
a certain minister administered the ordinance, and only three of 
seven members partook. And something like this occurs frequently. 
This should not be; buc how to remedy it we do not know. 

Baptism. — We believe baptism to be of Divine appointment, and 
consequently we think that persons applying for membership in the 
Methodist Protestant Church should receive the ordinance of Bap- 
tism, if not already bai^tized. But we find on some charges some of 
the oldest members have never been baptised. P"'our years ago a 
minister in this Conference was called upon to baptize one of his 
members, who had been a member for forty years, and she gave as 
a reason for so doing, that she had frequently applied to her pastor 
for baptism, but for some cause had been put off. In this case it 
seems that the pastors were to blame. Christ said, "Go teach all 
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son 
and of the Holy Ghost." 

We think infant baptism is shamefully neglected by parents in our 
church. It should be considered a great privilege to dedicate our 
children to God in baptism. Certainly God has a claim upon them; 
and we have obligated ourselves to bring them up in the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord. We think that it would be profitable to 
parents if pastors would set forth plainly and forcibly the obliga- 
tions they are under to dedicate their children to God in baptism. 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. W. Amick. 



REPORT NO. 19. 

Superannuate Fund Society. 

The Superannuate Fund Society of the North Carolina Conference 
of the Methodist Protestant Church met at Liberty, N. C, on Novem- 
ber 25, 1898, during the session of the Annual Conference. Follow- 
ing were present: J. W. Heath, President; W. W. Amick, Vice-Presi- 
dent; W. C. Hammer, J. F. Harris, T. T. Hicks and Edward Wills 
(by proxy). 

Letters from Edward Wills received and read. 

Board adjoui'ned to meet on 26th instant. 



Board met according to adjournment November 26th. 

Resignation of W. O. Donnell received and accepted. On motion 
J. Norman Wills was elected to fill vacancy. 

On motion J. Norman Wills was elected Secretary and Ti^easurer 
of the Board. 

On motion the Treasurer was requii-ed to give bond. This is in 
obedience to Conference request. 

On motion Edward Wills was continued as agent for our real estate 
in Halifax, with power to sell or rent as heretofore. 

Owing to Treasurer's absence we cannot give itemized statement 
of funds on hand, but Treasurer writes that he has $259.87 on hand. 



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At your last session the Conference paid over to this Board $53.30. 
Of this amount $25 has been donated to R. R. Michaux. This was 
done under and by the joint direction of the President of the two 
bodies. Balance cash on hand $28. .30, subject to your order. 

Adjourned to meet Monday, 28th instant. 



The Board met according to adjournment November 28th. 

The committee appointed by the Annual Confei-ence to disburse 
Superannuate Fund collected by the Conference, tog'echer with this 
Board in joint session, finding on hand $175.91 and $28.30, held over 
from last year, made the following appropriations, to-vvit: Mrs. C. 
F. Harris," $10: Miss Sallie Albright, $15; Mrs. James Deans, $30; 
Mrs. A. J. Lofiin. $10; Rev. R. ' R. Michaux, $24.40, and $10 per 
month for eight months, beginning February 1. 18!i9, leaving a bal- 
ance of $35.75 on hand, to be disbursed by this Board as necessity 
may require. 

On motion W. C. Hammer was appointed to convey said money to 
J. Norman Wills, Secretary and Treasurer, and take his receipt for 
same. 

On motion the minutes were read and adopted. 

On motion the meeting adjourned. 

, J. W. Heath, President. 

W. C. Hammer, Secretary pi-o tem. 



REPORT NO. 20. 

Committee on Wadesboro Circuit Affairs. 

Having considered the matter referred to us we would i-eeommcnd 
that this Conference censure the course of conduct of certain local 
ministers of this cii'cuit, and we would also recommend that said 
ministers follow the plans and requirements of their Quarterly Con- 
ference. 

D. A. HlGHFILL, 
J. H. TOTTEN, 

W. Beavaxs. 



REPORT NO. 21. 

Committee on Pastoral Work. 

Not every preacher is a good pastor nor every pastor a good 
preacher. This only shows that we all have gifts differing the one 
from the other. However, some one has said when God calls a man 
to be a preacher He also calls him to be a pastor. While this may 
or may not be true, it is a fact that the most successful preachers in 
this Conference along every line are those who do the most pastoral 
work. The woi'k of the pastor is to visit his flock, but not all visits 
are pastoral work. 

Going around from house to house is not doing pastoral visiting. 
Of course it is necessary to visit in order to find access to the homes 
and hearts of the people. After you have done this you are prepared 
to do some solid work. To do your people good and supply their 



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needs you must find out what they need. The pastor must make 
social visits — it is not always best to blend the two. 

The faithful pastor visits and does his work systematically. He 
must not be any respecter of persons, and he must always remember 
that the visitoi- as well as the visited is helped. "He that watereth 
shall be watered also himself." 

How to visit so as to do your i^eople the best service and do them 
the most good should be made a matter of prayer. Seek the g'uid- 
ance of the Holy Spirit and be led by Him and you cannot go or do 
wrong. 

Let us take Christ as our example and let His Spirit characterize 
our visits. He was the Comforter; so must the pastor be. There are 
people in your parish whose hearts are sad and it is the pastor's 
business to pour the oil of consolation into the hearts of those 
whose souls are cast down. This is the time they need their pastor 
to comfort and sympathize with them. It is the pastor's duty to 
"weep with those who weep as well as rejoice with those who rejoice. ' ' 

"Comfort ye, Comfort ye my people, saith the Lord."' 

It is his business to do this under all circumsta.nces. He should 
be the leader in every good word and work. As a faithful shepherd 
he must know his sheep, feed them on the bread of life and be instant 
in season and out of season. 

The pastor must study to show himself approved unto God a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed. A pastor may do good work 
by distributing religious literature on his circuit. If you want your 
people to be educated and made strong temperance people, sow tem- 
perance literature in their homes. If you want them to be intelli- 
gent Methodist Protestants, sow Methodist Protestant literature. If 
you would teach them Christian giving, fill their minds with literature 
on Christian giving. 

But some one says, I don't believe in sowing this kind of seed; 
then you will not sow them and consequently you will not reap the 
harvest. 

Try these plans and suggestions, bi'ethren — push them and rest 
assured your labor shall not be in vain in the Lord: 

"Sow in the morn thj'seed, 
At eve hold not thy hand: 
To doubt and fear give thou no heed, 
Broadcast it o'er the land." 

W. L. Harris, Chairman, 
S. E. Lucas, 

W. F. ASHBURN, 

A. G. Laughlin. 



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REPORT NO. 22. 

Stationing Committee. 

Charge. Pastor. Postoffice. 

Alamance W. F. McDowell Asheboro 

Albemarle G. H. Austin Dulin's 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls. . .William Porter Asheboro 

Asheville R. M. Andrews Asheville 

Bimcombe J. H. Moton Weaverville 

Burling-ton C. A. Cecil Burling-ton 

Caldwell H. D. Garmon . . . .Rutherford College 

Caroleen and Forest City . . . .N. G. Bethea Caroleen 

Catawba W. D. Fogleman Ga.stonia 

Charlotte Unsupplied 

Chatham W. C. Kennett Liberty 

Cleveland W. F. Ashburn Fallston 

Davidson T. F. McCuUoch Greensboro 

Flat Rock J. R. Hutton Greensboro 

For.'^yth W. C. Lassiter Dosier 

Gibsonville E. G. Lowdermilk Gibsonville 

Granville C. L. Whitaker Kittrell 

Greensboro T. M. .Johnson Greensboro 

Greenville D. A. Fishel Vaughan 

Guilford W. C. Hammer High Point 

Halifax W. L. Harris Brinkleyville 

Haw River C. E. M. Raper Guilford College 

Henderson J. S. Williams Henderson 

High Point W. R. Lowdermilk High Point 

Ivy P. D. Moore Democrat 

LaGrange C. E. Forlines LaGrange 

Lexington W. T. Totten Yadkin College 

Liberty G. F. Milloway Liberty 

Lincoln J. E. Hartsell Fallston 

Littleton H. L. Powell Littleton 

Mecklenburg J. F. Dosier Matthews 

Mocksville O. P. Routh Mocksville 

Mt. Hermon W. E. Swain Osceola 

New Gai'den D. A. HighfiU Liberty 

Orange W. M. Pike Mebane 

Plymouth D. A. Braswell Skinnersville 

Randleman P. C. Battle Randleman 

Randolph H. S. B. Thompson Julian 

Richland A. W. Lineberry Greensboro 

Roanoke J. D. Williams .. Whitaker 's 

Saxapahaw W. W. Amick Liberty 

Spring Church J. H. Totten Kernersville 

Stanly A. E. Plyler Plyler 

Surry A. L. Hunter Culler 

Tabernacle W. A. Bunch Tabernacle 

Uwharrie I. I. York High Point 

Vance C. H. Whitaker Dabney 

Wadesboro Unsupplied 

Winston Circuit J. H. Stowe Yadkin College 

Winston Station .J. W. Frank Winston 

Why Not N. M. Modlin Why Not 

Yadkin J. N. Garrett Yadkin College 



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SUPERNUMERARIES. 

Libert}' G. W. Bowman Lament 

Asheboro and Cedar Falls. . .T. T. Ferree Asheboi'o 

Randolph R. R. Hanner .Julian 

Supei^annuates — R. R. Michaux, Liberty, N. C; J. W. Heath, 
Tabernacle, X. C. 

Loaned Board Foreign Missions — T.-LOgburn, Summerlield, N. C. 

Professor in Western Maryland Collesj-e — S. Simpson, Westmin- 
ster. Md. 

Editor Our Church Hecord — J. F. McCulloch, Greensboro, N. C. 

Without Appointment, at his own request — C. A. Pickens, Lexing- 
ton, N. C. 

In the hands of President — R. E. Dayis, W. O. Dayis, J. S. Dunn, 
J. R. Sayage. 

W. A. Bunch, 
F. R. Harris. 



REPORT NO. 23. 

Board of Church Extension. 

Cash on hand — 

Collections from circuit $337 72 

Collection at Conference 85 07 

In hands of Treasurer 89 00 

$511 79 
By appropriated to Plymouth church 40 00 

To balance $471 79 

By amount to C. A. Cecil $125 00 

By amount to W. F. Ashburn 125 00 

By amount to H. J. Hartsell • 50 00 

By amount to W. R. Lowdermilk 30 00 

By amount to N. G. Bethea 85 00 $415 00 

Balance $56 79 

To amount to J. G. W. Holloway 25 00 

To balance $31 ?9 

W. W. Amick, Secretary. 



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COURSES AND EXAMINERS. 



The Courses of Study and Examiners for Candidates for the Min- 
istry in this Conference are as follows: 

Price 
of book. 

First Year: — 

Binney's Theological Compend, Improved $ 50 

Broadus on Preparation and Delivery of Sermons 1 50 

The Pastor i\midst His Flock 85 

Bassett's History of the M. P. Church ] 25 

Written Sermon on "Ivepentance. " 
Second Year: — 

Ralston 's Elements of Divinity 3 00 

Watson's Institutes, 3rd and 4th parts '2 90 

Blackburn's Church Flistory to the Reformation 1 75 

Hart's Rhetoric 1 20 

Written Sermon on "Justification by Faith." 
Third Year:— 

Watson's Institutes, 1st and 2nd Parts 

Blackburn's Church History, concluded 

Hopkin's Law of Love, etc 1 50 

Jevon's Logic 40 

Butler's Analog'y 65 

Written Sermon on "Apostasy." 
Rev. W. A. Bunch examines in Watson's Institutes; Rev. J. H. 
Stowe in Binney's Compend: Rev. C. L. Whitaker in Broadus on 
Sermons and in Blackburn's Church History: Rev. W. C. Kennett 
in Bassett's History; Rev. W. F. Kennett in "The Pastor Amidst His 
Flock" and Ralston's Elements: Rev. J. F. Dosier in Rhetoric and 
Hopkin's Law of Love; Rev. T. M. Johnson in Jevon's Logic; the 
Secretary in Butler's Analogy. The written sermons, which must 
be original and contain about 2,000 words, must be in the Secre- 
tary's hands four weeks before Conference Candidates may be ex- 
amined on one or more years at a time, as they choose. The Secre- 
tary will order books on receipt of money for the same. 

J. F. McCULLOCH; 
Secretary of Examining Board, 

Greensboro, N. C. 



CONKERENCE STEWARD'S 



PASTORAL CHARGE. 



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Alamauoe M 

Albemai'le 

Asheboroand Cedar Falls 

Asheville 

Buncombe 

Burlington 

Caldwell 

Catawba 

Chatham 

Cleveland 

Davidson 

Flag Springs 

Flat Rock 

Forsyth 

Gibsonville 

Granville 

Greensboro 

Greenville 

Guilford 

Halifax 

Haw River i 

Henderson ' 

High Point 

Ivy I 

La Grange. i 

Lexington 

Liberty : 

Lincoln i 

Littleton ' 

Mecklenburg ' 

Mocksville 

Mt. Hermon • 

Orange ■ 

Plymouth 

Randlemati j 

Randolph | 

Richland i 

Roanoke i 



^-(axapaw 

Spring Chui'ch. . . 

Stanley 

Surry 

Tabernacle 

Uwharrie 

Vance 

Wadesboro 

Winston 

Winston Station. 
Yadkin 



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365 00 
-too 00 



300 00 
350 00 
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262 00 
200 00 
463 00 
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565 00 
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425 00 
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230 75 

68 11 

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135 96 1 
379 90 



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381 85 
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371 20 
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THE SEVENTY-FOURTH SESSION 



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FRIENDSHIP CHURCH, 
STANLY COUNTY NOVEMBER 22-27, 1899. 



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\V, F. KENNETT, President, Stokesdale, N. C. 
T. M. JOHNSON, Secretary, Greensboro, N. C. 
J F. Mcculloch, publishing com., Greensboro, N. C. 




GREENSBORO, N. C: 

C. F. Thomas, Book and Job Printer, 

1899. 



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THE SEVENTY-FOURTH SESSION 



OF THE 



NORTH GAROLIM ANNDAL CONFERENCE, 



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FRIENDSHIP CHURCH, 



STANLY COUNTY NOVEMBER 22-27, 1899. 



W. F. KENNETT, President, Stokesdale, N. C. 
T. M. JOHNSON, Secretary, Greensboro, N. C. 
J. F. Mcculloch, publishing com , Greensboro, N. C. 



GREENSBORO, N. C: 

C. F. Thomas, Book and Job Printer, 

1899. 



Rules of Order for the Government of the North 
Carolina Conference. 

1. After the opening of Conference, the first business in order shall 
be the reading of the President's annual report. 

2. At 3 o'clock p. m., on the first day of the session, the officers of 
the Conference shall be elected by ballot. 

3. The President shall take the chair at the hour to which the Con- 
ference adjourned and call the Conference to order. 

4. Each morning session sliall be opened by reading a portion of 
the Scriptures and prayer, under the direction of the President. 

5. At the meeting of each daily session the Secretary shall read the 
minutes of the preceding day, and the Conference correct and prepare 
them for registration. 

6. It shall be the duty of the chair, or the privilege of a member, 
to call any brother to order who may indulge in personal reflections 
or irrelevant debate. 

7. The chair shall decide all questions of order subject to an appeal 
to the Conference, which appeal shall be decided without debate. 

8. All the committees shall be appointed by the chair, unless oth- 
erwise ordered by the Conference. 

9. The President may participate in debate by calling a member to 
the chair. 

10. The President shall vote on no question, except in case of a tie. 

11. No member shall speak on any question without rising from 
his seat and respectfully addressing the chair as " Mr. President," and 
being recognized by the chair. 

12. No member shall be permitted to speak more than once on any 
question, except by unanimous permission of the Conference. 

13. No person shall pass between the chair and a member while 
speaking, nor interrupt the speaker except by permission to explain. 

14. Members shall not converse together in a tone sufficiently loud 
to disturb the Conference. 

15. Members shall retain their seats, unless rising to speak, or for 
the purpose of retiring. 

16. Members are required to vote in all cases, except excused there- 
from by the Conference. 

17. No motion shall be entertained or debated until the same shall 
be seconded. 

18. All motions and resolutions made and seconded shall be open 
for debate, except the previous question, the motion to adjourn, and 
to lay on the table, which questions shall be decided without debate. 

19. All amendments shall be disposed of before the vote is taken 
on the main question. 

20. All questions of order arising after the previous question has 
been called for shall be decided without debate. 

21. The decision of all questions shall be by Yea or No. The yeas 
and nays shall be recorded on the journal by the call of one-fifth of 
the members present. 

22. All resolutions or amendments shall be reduced to writing. 

23. No motion for reconsideration shall be in order, except made 
by a member who voted with the majority, and on the same or suc- 
ceeding day, except by a two-thirds vote of the members present. 

24. No motion or resolution indefinitely postponed shall be called 
up again during the session. 

25. No member shall speak more than five minutes without per- 
mission of the Conference. 

26. No committee shall meet during the sessions of Conference. 

27. All petitions and resolutions shall be referred to proper com- 
mittee. 



ORDER OF BUSINESS. 



1. Reading and correction of minutes. 

2. Presentation of memorials, petitions. 

3. Report of standing committees. 

4. Report of select committees. 

5. Reports of Pastors. 

6. Introduction of resolutions. 

7. Unfinished business. 



PROCEEDirsaS. 



The seventy-fourth session of the North Carolina Conference, 
Methodist Protestant Church, met in Friendship Church, Stanly 
circuit, November 22, 1899, and was called to order by the 
President, W. F. Kennett, at 2:45 p. m. 

Devotional exercises conducted by the President as follows: 
Song, " Coronation ; " prayer by W. F. Kennett ; Soipture lesson, 
2 Cor., fourth chapter ; singing, " Praise God from Whom all 
Blessings Flow ; " prayer by W. W. Amick. 

The roll was called and the following answered to their 
names : W. W. Amick, R. M. Andrews, W. P. Ashburn, G. H. 
Austin, P. C. Battle, N. G. Bethea, D. A. Braswell, W. A. Bunch, 
C. A. Cecil, R. E. Davis, J. F. Dosier, J. S. Dunn, W. D. Fogle- 
man, C. E. Forliues, H. D. Garmon, J. N. Garrett, W. C. Ham- 
mer, J. W. Heath, D. A. Highfill, Geo. E. Hunt, A. L. Hunter, 
J. R. Hutton, T. M. Johnson, W. C. Kennett, W. F. Kennett, 
VV. C. Lassiter, E. G. Lowdermilk, W. R. Lowdermilk, J. F. Mc- 
Culloch, T. F. McCuUoch, N. M. Modlin, J. H. Moton, W. M. 
Pike, H. L. Powell, C. E. M. Paper, 0. P. Ronth, J. H. Stowe, 
W. E. Swain, J. H. Totten, W. T. Totten, H. S. B. Thompson, 
J. D. Williams, J. S. Williams, C. H. Whitaker, C. L. Whitaker, 
I. I. York. 

The following lay delegates answered to their names: J. W. 
Whitehead, Alamance; R. A. Pickens, Buncombe; L. W. Holt, 
Burlington ; J. C. Bess, Caroleeu and Forest City ; J. McW. 
Alexander, Catawba; J. P. Turner, Cleveland; N. F. Morgan, 
Davidson; W. W. Hunter, Flat Rock; J. M. Brown (alternate), 
Forsyth ; J. A. Hunter (the delegate and alternate being absent, 
was seated by vote of Conference), Gibsonville; J. T. Cozart (al- 
ternate), Granville; R. H. Brooks, Greensboro; H. J. Butler, 
Greenville; J. A. Gray, Sr., Guilford ; J. E. Hunter, Halifax; G. 
S. Kernodle, Haw River; E. A. Powell (seated by vote of Con- 
ference), Henderson; A. M. Idol (alternate), High Point; A. H. 
Evans, Lexington; W. A. Bowman, Liberty ; Jos. Willis, Lincoln ; 
T. E. Pulley, Littleton; H. B. King, Mecklenburg; W. A. By- 



erly (alternate), Mocksville ; G. A. Nicholson (by vote of Confer- 
ence); Mt. Hermon ; L. H. McAdams, Orange; Miss Sally Cherry 
(by motion), Plymouth ; W. K. Hartsell, Randleman ; W. T. Han- 
ner, Randolph; C. C. Robbius, Richland; W. C. Whitaker, Roa- 
noke; J. F. Woody (by motion), Saxapahaw; Winfield Crew (al- 
ternate), Spring Church ; G. H. Thompon, Stanly ; W. N. Brown, 
Surry; Thomas G. Coble, Tabernacle; J. P. Satterwhite, Vance; 
W. T. Tucker, Wadesboro; P. W. Mock, Winston circuit; J. H. 
Pegram, Winston Station. 

Motion to suspend rules of order withdrawn. 

W. A. Bunch was called to the chair and the President read 
his annual report. 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT. 

To THE North Carolina Conference, Methodist Protestant 
Church, Friendship, N. C, Nov. 22nd, 1899. 

Dear Brethren: After another year of labor in the Master's vine- 
yard, we are by His grace permitted to come together again in annual 
session. And yet we are not all here. On February 14th, Rev. A. W. 
Lineberry, D. D., after a little more than a half century of active ser- 
vice, without a single break, was released from labor and entered into 
rest. He died away from home, and in the bounds of Richland circuit, 
his field of labor for the year. His life was one of great usefulness 
and singular faithfulness. We shall miss his gentle presence and 
wise counsel. 

On Oct. 23rd, Rev. R. R. Hanuer was also transferred from the 
church militant to the church triumphant, and though not in the reg- 
ular work at the time of his death, he was ever ready to render any 
service that opportunity afforded to the church he so much loved. He 
was a man of deep spirituality, and none who knew him can doubt 
his readiness to answer the great roll call. 

Obituary committees were prom' tly appointed in both cases, and 
it is presumed will be ready to report to this Conference. 

Soon after the rise of our last Annual Conference, Sister Maud Hanner 
Thompson, daughter of Rev. R. R. Hanner and wife of Rev. H. S. B. 
Thompson, fell asleep in Jesus. She was a true helpmeet to her hus- 
band in the work of the gospel ministry, and while it has not been 
customary to appoint an obituary committee on the death of a preach- 
er's wife, I felt impelled to make this reference to the memory of one 
who was so good and useful. All of these were found with their lamps 
trimmed and burning. May we also be ready, "for in such an hour as 
ye think not the Son of Man cometh. " 

Since writing this report and on the way to Conference I learned and 
with sadness must announce to you the death of Rev. R. R. Michaux, 
one of the oldest members of our body. He died at his home in the 
town of Liberty on last Monday, after a lingering illness of several 
months. He was no doubt fully prepared and ready to go and rest 
from his labor. Often has he amused us with his rare wit and touched 
our hearts by his pathos, and as we think of him now our hearts will 
be moved as never before. Thank God, he rests from his labors and 
his works do follow him. I would recommend that the Conference 
appoint a committee and draft suitable resolutions to be presented at 
the memorial service, Sunday, and to prepare an obituary. 



On March 1st, Rev. C. A Pickens was appointed to the pastorate of 
Richland circuit, made vacant by the death of Dr. Lineberry. He 
entered upon his duties very promptly, and has been able to do a good 
and successful year's work. 

So thorough was the work of the stationing committee at our last 
Conference as to leave only Wadesboro circuit and Charlotte Mission 
unsupplied. On Dec. 9th, Rev. J. L. Giles was assigned to Wadesboro 
circuit. He entered at once upon the work, and his labors have been 
crowned with a good degree of success and have given generaL satis- 
faction. No effort was made to supply Charlotte Mission, as it existed 
on paper only. 

RELEASES. 

In May, Rev. R. M. Andrews was released from Asheville and 
Swannanoa Mission. This was not done until the situation had been 
thoroughly canvassed and the Church Extension (5oard had arrived at 
the conclusion that it was not wise to continue efforts in a field so un- 
promising. 

Bro. Andrews received the hearty and unanimous commendation of 
the Hoard of Church Extension on his faithfulness, and in his release 
the Board unanimously concurred with the Executive. 

Swannanoa church should again become a part of Buncombe circuit. 

About the middle of October Rev J. W. Frank, feeling that he was 
divinely called to work in the Foreign field, and having been elected 
by the Board of Foreign Missions, to go to Japan, was released from 
the pastorate of Winston Station. 

As this was so near the close of the Conference year no special effort 
was made to secure a successor, but the pulpit has been supplied most 
of the time. 

WITHDRAWALS. 

In August. Rev. L. L. Albright asked for and was given a letter of 
his standmg in the Conference. 

In September, Rev. J. R. Savage also asked for and was granted a 
letter of his standing. 

CHURCH EXTENSION. 

Caroleen and Forest City Mission has enjoyed a good degree of pros" 
perity under the direction of Rev. N. G. Bethea. A very good church 
building is well on the way at Caroleen and one, not so good, is nearer 
completion in Bessemer City. 

This ftlission appears to be very promising. 

After his release from Asheville and Swannanoa, Bro. Andrews, by 
direction of the Executive Committee of the Board of Church Exten- 
sion, spent a short time in the town of Reidsville, where an opening 
for our church had been reported. 

He found there a number of Methodist Protestants, and met with 
some encouragement, but whether the future is suiiiciently hopeful to 
justify placing a man in the field at this time, I am not prepared to say. 

The Board may be able to make recommendations in regard to 
Reidsville later in the session. 

In this connection I would respectfully suggest that greater care be 
taken before reporting to this (. onf erence openings for the establish- 
ment of new church enterprises, that they may be real rather than 
supposed openings. 

On account of the failure to place in the hands of pastors a plan for 
collecting funds, it is feared that the offering for church extension this 



6 

year will be reduced considerably below what it has been for the last 
two years, and I would recommend that a special committee again be 
appointed to prepare a plan, to be placed in the hands of pastors, not 
later than January 15th. 

There are some open doors now before us, and others, no doubt, will 
soon be opened, and besides the work now under the care of the Board 
needs more aid than can be given under the present circumstances. 



This interest has been placed iu ihe hands o* a competent committee, 
and I shall not make many suggestions. It is generally conceded that 
the salaries of many of our pastors are quite too small, but ho%v to in- 
crease them is a vexed question. I am glad, however, to believe that 
there is a disposition, in some parts of the District, at 'east, to improve 
in this particular, and, indeed, great improvement has been made in 
the past few years. 

The recommendation of the Finance Committee of the last two Con- 
ferences, that '"bjtewards be requirt-d to repoit quarterly to their respect- 
ive churches th-^ amount collected for pastor's salary and by whom 
paid," has been adopted by a uuujber of charges, and, I thmk, will 
prove very helplul to the stewards and result in cutting off deficits 
when used. But I find that many of the pastors failed to call the at- 
tention of their quarterly conferences to these resolutions, and, of 
course, they were not put into practice. 

It is poorly worth while for committees to devise plans for advancing 
the interest of the church, and for the Conference to adopt their reports, 
if ihey are never to be put iut > use. 

It may be that we are in danger of in reducing too much of a busi- 
ness spirit into the church, but there is a business side to the work, 
and the pastor to succeed must have some business tact for the ques- 
tion of a reasonable support must after all remain largely with the 
pastor and his people. 

GENERAL INTERESTS. 

For Foreign Missions the offering will probably be the largest in the 
history of our Conference This will show what can be done when an 
earnest effort is put forth. 

The other general interests will perhaps be as well provided for as 
usual, and tor some causes an improvement will be shown. 

I would recommend the appointment of a special committee to onan- 
age a schedule of collections lor the general interests, naming a month 
in which each shall be presented, or in some instances combining two 
or more in one collection, if thought best. This will at least insure 
greater uniformity in the collections and may increase the contributions. 

BOUNDARIES 

The committee on boundaries has been appointed %vith special care, 
and I shall make no definite recommendations. 

Our past experience has demonstrated the wisdom of dividing large 
fields. 

The question of our ability to supply the wo k should probably be 
considered by the committee, as it is generally unwise to leave a field 
unsupplied. 

Quite a number of applications for membership in our Conference 
have been received from ministers in other Conferences during the year, 
but for reasons considered justifying none have been encouraged to 
pome, Some of these may possibly be fivajlable yet;, if needed. 



I do not know the number of young men of our own who will apply 
for work, but I think very likely we will not have more than we shall 
need. 

O A'ing to the importMuce and difficulty of the work of the committee 
on boundaries, it has been suggested that the committee be elected by 
the ('onference for a term of years. This suggeotiou is worthy of con- 
sideration. 

LITERATURE. 

Our people need to be induced, if possible, to read more, and especi- 
ally our own church literature It is hoped that the committee may 
be able to devise some plan by which the circulatiuu of our church 
papers uuiy be iacreased in our Conference. 

THE 70th anniversary 

This service was held in very many of our churches, and it is believed 
with helpful results. 

the 20th century. 

The gracious 20th century spirit which is being felt by the churches 
in all Christian lands should not be disregarded by our conference, 
and I would recommend the appointment of a committee to take into 
consideration the selection of a cause or causes to which our 20th 
century offering shall be applied, and that this committee report to 
this Conference as early as convenient. 

A SPECIAL recommendation. 

In view of the fact that there are necessary expenses attached to the 
office of secretary of our Annual Conference in the matter of station- 
ery, postage, etc., and in view of the further fact that considerable labor 
is necessary in order to get the Minutes ready for the publishing com- 
mittee, I would recommend that a collection be taken during each 
session of Conference of not less than ten dollars for the purpose of 
defraying the necessary expenses of the secretary. 

the general condition of the work. 

The general condition of the work, I think, is good. Quite a num- 
lier of new churches have been built during tlie year, and others are 
in course of erection. Besides Caroleen and Bessemer City, a splen- 
did new church is well advanced in Henderson. A new church has 
been built at Ringwood. A very good new building has been erected 
in Randleman, and one is well on the way in the town of Rural Hall. 
This last is a new church enterprise. In addition to these, there are 
a number of new churches in contemplation, and in some instances 
steps have already been taken in the direction of bixilding. Many 
churches and some parsonages have been repaired and improved. 

Revivals have prevailed in the district — in parts of the east and 
west to an unusual extent ; and it is believed our increase for the year 
will be good. 

the workers. 

So far as I have been able to learn, the pastors have all been faith- 
ful and efficient. The winter was one of great severity, and the work- 
ers were consequently hindered somewhat during the winter months. 
The presence of smallpox for awhile interfered with the work in a 
few places. But in the main everything has been propitious, dnd the 



year has been one of prosperity. When all reports are in, I think we 
as a Conference may sing with spirit, 

"Praise God from Whom all blessings flow." 

In the expulsion of Bro. S. E. Richardson from the church at Pleas- 
ant Hill, Why Not circuit, it is claimed by the defendant that the law 
governing such trials was not fully carried out. Bro. Richardson ap- 
pealed to the Quarterly Conference, and the decision of the lower 
court was confirmed, notwithstanding some apparent irregularities, 
and while the ends of justice may not have been defeated it might be 
well for our Conference to inquire into this case as our Discipline 
provides that every 'rrr(/.sv J member shall have a fair trial according 
to law, before any judgment can be pronounced. 

MY OWN WORK. 

I am glad that I am able to say I have done my very best. All my 
time, talents and energies have been given. I have regarded neither 
cold or heat, comfort or expense, and while I am conscious of mistakes 
and failures, they have been unavoidable. My health has been unus- 
ually good. And I have not received a single message from my 
home during the year calculated to render me apprehensive in regard 
to the life or health of my family. 

All the fields of labor except La Grange, Wadesboro and Caldwell 
circuits have been reached. I was prevented from visiting LaGrange 
and Wadesboro by temporary personal affliction. Caldwell was vis- 
ited by Rev. J. E. Hartsell as my proxy. 

God has been very gracious to me. And the pastors and churches 
have shown me great and uniform kindness and accorded me very 
generous courtesy, and while the work has been very hard, and while 
there is entirely too much of it for one man, I have found much pleas- 
ure and abundant labor during the year. 

And now with gratitude to God and sincere thanks to pastors and 
people, and praying God's blessings upon you in your deliberations, I 
beg to submit this imperfect report of an imperfect year's work. 

Your fellow laborer, 

W. F. KENNETT. 

On motion the above was referred to the Committee on Pres- 
ident's Report. 

President's character passed. 

Election of officers was made the order of the day for 3 o'clock 
Thursday. 

Program committee made report. 

The following Avere appointed to report to newspapers : C. H. 
Whitaker, Raleigh News and Observer ; W. K. Hartsell, Stanly 
Enterprise; J. S. Williams, Charlotte Observer; J. F. McCnlloch, 
Greensboro Daily Record; R. H. Brooks, Greensboro Evening Tele- 
gram. 

Time for meeting and adjournment fixed as follows : Meet at 
8:30 a. m., adjourn at 12 ; meet at 1 p. m., adjourn at pleasure ; 
meet at 7 p. m., adjourn at pleasure. 



Bar of Coiifereuce fixed at a line connecting second seats back 
of stoves. 

Motion to adjourn withdrawn. 

J. F. Austin, Representative of the Axherille Citizen, was in- 
vited to a seat within the bar. 

Dr. T. H. Lewis, President of Western Maryland College, was 
introduced to the Conference and invited to a seat within the 
bar. 

Conference adjourned. 



FIRST DAY — Evening Session. 

Conference assembled at 7 p. m. 

Confei'ence sermon was preached by J. S. Williams from John 
6:63. The sermon was such as to magnify Christ and His word, 
urging a life and work in accordance with His spirit. 

Conference committees announced as follows: 

Conference Committees. 

Faculty.— W. A. Bunch, W. C. Kennett, J. H. Stowe, C. L. Whit- 
aker, T. M. Johnson, J. F. McCvilloch, J. F. Dosier, W. F. Kennett. 

Ordinances.— J. E. Hartsell, W. F. Ashburn, W. F. McDowell, N. 
S. Allen, H. J. Butler, Jos. Willis, T. E. Pulley. 

Pastoral Work.— C. A. Cecil, W. L. Harris, J. H. Totten, D. A. 
Fishel, G. S. Kernodle, H. R. Little, C. C. Robbins. 

Finance.— R. H. Brooks, J. R. Button, H. 8. B. Thompson, W. W. 
Hunter, W. K. Hartsell, J. P. Turner. 

Missions.— C. L. Whitaker, J. S. Williams, J. H. Moton, W. N. 
BrowTi, J. H. Pegram, J. C. Bess, J. Me W. Alexander. 

Temperance.— W. C. Hammer, J. F. Dosier, P. C. Battle, N. B. 
King, J. W. Doub, L. W. Holt, Joseph Taylor. 

Christian Endeavor. — W. R. Lowdermilk, H. L. Powell, Charles 
Ross, W. T. Hanner, J. W. Crew. 

Literature.— T. M. Johnson, W. M. Pike, E. A. Powell, J. E. Hun- 
ter, R. A. Pickens, J. M. Hadley. 

Sunday-schools.— T. F. McCullocli, C. E. M. Paper, I. I. York, 
W. C. Whitaker, Thos. G. Coble, A. M. Idol. 

Colleges. — W. E. Swain, J. N. Garrett, J. P. Satterwhite, L. L. 
Wrenn, J. T. Cozart, G. A. Nicholson, A. H. Evans. 

Boundaries. — W. A. Bunch, W. W. Amick, J. H. Stowe, J. A. 
Gray, Sr., P. W. Mock, N. F. Morgan, 

President's Report.— J. F. McCulloch, D. A. Hightill, G. F. Mil- 
laway, W. A, Bowman, Miss Sallie Cherry. 

Fraternal Relations. — N. M. Modlin, J. D. Williams, W. T. 
Tucker. 

Unfinished Business.— W. C. Kennett, W. D. Fogleman, L. H. 
McAdams, Samuel Patrick. 

Statistics.— Wm. Porter, C. H. Whitaker. 

Conference Stewards.— R. M. Andrewf, W. T. Totten. 

Pulpit Service,— E. A. Plyler, G. H. Thompson, J, H. Snotherly, 



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COLLECTORS. 

Foreign Missions.— W. C. Lassiter. 

Home Missions and American Bible Society.— E. G. Lowdermilk. 

Church Extension.— A. L. Hunter. 

Superannuates and Seminary.— O. P. Routh. 

Ministerial Education and Colleges.— G. H. Austin. 

Publishing Minutes.— D. A. Braswell. 

Report of Progrum Committee was re-committed with instruc- 
tions that the Committee arrange the time of speakers and such 
matters as are not provided for by the order of business. 

Rev. T. H. Lewis spoke in behalf of Ministerial Education and 
Westminster Theological Seminary, urging the importance of 
searching for young men inclined toward the ministry and help- 
ing them to decide. 

The following resolution was adopted: 

Whereas, From some unknown cause sickness has entered the 
ranks of the young women of the State Normal and Industrial Col- 
lege in Greensboro, be it 

h'/^stilrerl, That we, the members of the North Carolina Conference, 
Methodist Protestant Church, now in session, extend profound sym- 
pathy to the honored President and Faculty who have been so faith- 
ful in caring for the sick; to its body of noble young women who have 
stood bravely by the college and their stricken comrades; to its young 
ladies who are yet ill and to their parents, and to the parents from 
whom death has taken a loved one. We pray that our loving Father 
may restore the sick ones, that his tender mercies may be over the 
institution which has proven so great a blessing to our beloved State; 
that He will grant to President Mclver and his associates daily 
strength for their ordeal. 

R. H. BROOKS, T. M. JOHNSON, 

C. H. WHITAKER, J. S. WILLIAMS. 

Conference adjourned by song and benediction. 



SECOND DAY— norning Session. 



Conference met at 8:30, President Kennett in the chair. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by J. H Hartsell. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

The following additional members were noted present: W. L. 
Harris, J. E. Hartsell, G. F Millaway, E. A. Plyler. J. M. 
Hadley lay delegate from LaGrange. 

Petition from Gx'anville Quarterly Conferencej asking that the 



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credentials of Jas. II. Gilbreatli be restored, was referred to the 
Faculty. 

The following resolution was adopted: 

Rt'soli;r(i, That the collectors be required to receive receipts held by 
pastors from general agents. J. H. TOTTEN, 

W. A. BUNCH. 

A motion relative to the publication of financial reports hav- 
ing been withdrawn, another was made, amended and carried re- 
quiring this year's reports to be published as made. 

It was made the order of the day to hear T. H. Lewis at 11 
o'clock. 

On motion required to elect a Committee to hear appeal from 
Why Not circuit. Ordered that committee consist of two min- 
isters and three laymen. The following were elected: T. M. 
Johnson and J. F. McCulloch, ministerial ; J. M. Hadley, W. C. 
Whitaker and J. E. Hunter, lay. 

(J. L. Whitaker asked where money collected for E. E. Mich- 
aux should be reported. Instructed by an amended motion to 
report it under head of Superannuates. 

W. E. Lowdermilk asked under what head to report moneys 
raised for special theological students. Instr icted to report un- 
der head of Ministerial Education. 

Ordered that moneys raised for Asheville Pastor's salary be 
reported under head of Church Extension. 

Ordered that moneys raised for building or repairing other 
than local church be reported under head Building and Eepair- 
ing Churches. 

On motion ordered that mortgage on Yadkin College be turned 
over to the Conference Trustees. 

Motion to adjourn immediately after the election of officers for 
meeting of committees was carried. 

Committees announced as follows: Credentials — W. M. Pike, 
W. K. Hartsell. On Examination of Class Book — J. E. Hutton, 
J. F. Dosier. 

On motion Conference proceeded to elect Committee on Minis- 
terial Moral Character as follows: W. W. Amick, W. A. Bunch, 
J. F. McCulloch, C. A. Cecil, W. C. Hammer. 

On motion Chair appointed Committee on Ministerial Official 
Character as follows: J. H. Stowe, C. H. Whitaker, W. W. Hun- 
ter. 

By request of Winston station it was ordered that financial re- 
port so read as to show that salary of J. W. Frank was not paid 
in full because of his resignation before the close of year to ac- 
cept Mork in Japan, 



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J. F. McCiilloch reported S1.3<S left from publishing minutes 
last year. 

Moved that Conference meet on second Wednesday before 
Thanksgiving, 1900. So amended as to fix time of meeting on 
Wednesday after third Sunday ill November, 1900. Amended 
motion carried. 



SECOND DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Conference met at one o'clock, with C. L. Whitaker in the 
chair. 

Chair ruled that the election as Secretary of Quarterly Con- 
ference of one not a member of said Conference, does not make 
him a member of Conference. 

Ordered that Conference proceed to elect Stationing Com- 
mittee. J. E. Hutton, W. C. Whitaker, Chas. Koss, W. E. 
Lowdermilk appointed as tellers. Ministerial member elected, 
W. F. Kennett; lay member, J. M. Hadley. 

The ballot for Committee of Appeals having been taken, it 
was ordered that tellers retire to count the vote. 

Eesolution relative to keeping record of adult baptism lost. 

Eeport of Committee on President's report submitted. 

Motion to adopt was carried, after a motion to amend relative 
to deferring action upon reports had failed. See Eeport No. 1. 

Standing District Committee elected as follows : W. W. Amick, 
W. A. Bunch, G. W. Bowman, J. C. Eoberts, J. L. Ogburn, M. 
F. Fox. 

Ordered that Conference proceed to select place for meeting 
of next Conference. Pinnacle, Eandleman, Union Chapel, Ashe- 
boro were placed in nomination. Pinnacle was selected. 

The Secretary was ordered to publish in printed minutes sep- 
arate list of ministerial voting members of Conference. 

The term of three Conference Trustees having expired, W. W. 
Amick, J. E. Hartsell were re-elected; and E. H. Brooks, to 
take the place of B. Davidson ; and T. M. Johnson, to take the 
place of A. W. Lineberry, deceased. 

Ordered that item on page 18 of last year's minutes, relative 
to election of Conference Trustees, should read T. J. Ogburn 
instead J. L. Ogburn, error. 

Dr. D. S. Stephens, Chancellor of Kansas City University, and 
T. J. Ogburn, Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Foreign 
Missions, were introduced to the Conference. The former W!is 
invited to ^n honorary seat^, the latter being a member, 



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Ordered that election law as amended last year be printed in 
minutes. 

Election Law of the North Carolina Conference. 

The Second Quarterly Conference of each pastoral charge shall 
nominate double the number of laymen to which the field of labor 
may be entitled, as delegates to the Annual Conference : the pastor 
shall announce from each pulpit the names of the nominees, and ap- 
point a day, which shall be that on which his appointment shall fall 
at each church, if practicable, for taking the vote, by ballot, for the 
number to which the charge may be entitled ; the ballots cast by 
members over twenty-one years of age, to be received by class lead- 
ers and stewards, under the supervision of the pastor, and by tJiem to 
be counted, and the count to be forwarded to the Third Quarterly Con- 
ference, to be compared by that body ; the brother or brethren receiv- 
ing the plurality of votes shall be declared duly elected, and a certifi- 
cate shall be given accordingly, and the pastor immediately after 
Third Quarterly Conference, shall certify to the Secretary of the An- 
nual Conference the representative elected. 

See Conference Minutes, 1889, 1893, 1897, 1898. 

Announced by Program Committee that Conference will hear 
Dr. D. S. Stephens, Chancellor of Kansas City University, at 10 
o'clock, Friday. 

Action of last year's Conference, directing Secretary to bind 
copies of printed minutes not recorded in Journal, was rescinded ; 
and Secretary ordered to have same bound when there are suffi- 
cient copies to make a volume of convenient size. 

Tellers reported that by count of ballot W. C. Whitaker was 
found to be elected a member of Committee on Appeals. By vote 
Secretary cast the ballot of Conference for the three Ministers 
receiving the highest number of votes as follows : W. A. Bunch, 
C. A. Cecil, J. K. Hutton. By vote the Secretary cast the ballot 
of the Conference for the two laymen receiving the next highest 
vote as follows: K. H. Brooks, J. A. Gray, Sr. 

Conference took recess until 3 o'clock. 

Election of officers being the order of the day, VV. E. Swain 
and R. H. Brooks were appointed tellers. W. F. Kennett was 
re-elected President on first ballot. On motion the vote was 
made unanimous. The Assistant Secretary was ordered to cast 
the ballot of Conference for T. M. Johnson, Secretary. Secretary 
appointed C. E. Forlines Assistant. 

Conference adjourned to give Committees opportunity to meet. 



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SECOND DAY— Evening Session. 



Conference met at 7 p. m., President Kennett in tlie chair. 

An appropriate address of welcome was delivered by D. P. 
Whitley , to which G. F. MilJaway responded. 

Sermon by T. H. Lewis, President of Western Maryland Col- 
lege, from Isa. 6: 4. 

By vote it was decided that final adjournment should be made 
Monday night, the 27, to leave on early train Tuesday morning. 

Boundary ( ommittee was granted leave of absence for part of 
to-morrow morning's session. 

Ordered that conference meet to-morrow evening at 6:30. 

Conference adjourned with benediction by T. H. Lewis. 



THIRD DAY— Morning Session. 



Conference met at 8:30 with President Kennett in the chair. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by W. C. Whitaker. 

On motion T. .]. Ogburn, W. C Kennett, W. C. Whitaker were 
elected to present resolutions concerning death of R. R. Michaux 
in the memorial service Sunday afternoon and to prepare an 
obituary to be published. 

Conf* rence Stewards were granted leave of absence. 

Geo. E. Hunt was excused from further attendance during 
morning session. 

Report of Committee on unfinished business submitted and 
adopted. See Report No. 2. 

Ordered that funds collected for superannuates be turned over 
to Superannuate Fund Society for distribution. 

On motion the Committee on Superannuate Fund, appointed 
one; year ago, consisting of T. F. McCulloch, J. E. Hartsell, and 
J. S. Hunter, was continued to report one year hence. 

Report of Temperance Committee submitted and adopted. See 
Report No. 3. 

Report of Committee on Ordinances submitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 4. 

Motion that the name of J. G. W. Holloway be enrolled, was 
so amended as to refer the matter to the Committee on Ministe- 
rial Moral Character, and ado})ted. 

Ordered that Committee on Ministerial Moral Character make 
report in the case of J. G. W. Holloway as early as possible. 

On motion C. A. Cecil was excused irom acting on Committee 
on Ministerial Moral Character while considering the case of J. 



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G. W. Holloway, and by further motion the name of C. L. Whit- 
aker was substituted. 

Letter from J. C Berrien, Secretary and Treasurer Board of 
Ministerial Education, was read. 

By order of Conference C A. Cecil was appointed to re- 
ceive payments from beneficiaries. 

Resolution to limit term of pastorates to four years lost. 

It being the order of the day, Dr. D. S. Stephens, Chancellor of 
Kansas City University, addressed the Conference in the interest 
of that institution. 

Conference took recess until 11 o'clock at which time the an- 
nual meeting of the North Carolina Missionary Society was held. 



THIRD DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Conference met at 1 o'clock with C. L. Whitaker in the chair 

Committee on Statistics granted leave of absence. 

Ordered that Committee on Ministerial Official Character be 
allowed to report without reading to Conference pastor's official 
reports. 

The official characters of the following passed: D. A. Bras- 
well, W. C. Kennett, 0. P. Routh, H. S. B. Thompson, P. C. Battle, 
W. W. Amick, D. A. Highfill, W. D. Fogleman, W. F. McDow- 
ell, T. F. McCulloch, C. E. M. Raper, Clifton L. Whitaker, 
H. D. Garmon, J. D. Williams, J. L. Giles, N. B. Bethea, J. R. 
Hutton, W. E. Swain, W. M. Pike, W. T. Totten, C. A. Cecil, 
W. F. Ashburn, Gary H. Whitaker, T. M. Johnson, W. C. Ham- 
mer, A¥. L. Harris, J. E. Hartsell, J. N. Garrett, G. H. Austin, 
J. H. Stowe, H. L. Powell, C. E. Forlines, J. W. Frank, E. G. 
Lowdermilk, Wm. Porter, J. H. Moton, John H. Totten, P. D. 
Moore, D. A. Fishel, W. R. Lowdermilk, C A. Pickens, J. F. 
Dosier, W. C. Lassiter, E. A. Plyler, A. L. Hunter, I. L York, 
G. F. Millaway, G. W. Bowman, T. T, Ferree, J. W. Heath, T. 
J. Ogburn, S. Simpson, J. F. McCulloch, R. E. Davis, W. 0. 
Davis, J. S. Dunn, Geo. E. Hunt. 

C. C. Robbins granted leave of absence after this session. 

Report of Committee on Colleges submitted. Amended by 
striking out everything concerning Fallston Institute. Report 
adopted as amended. See Report No 5. 

Miss Annie L. Forrest, Traveling Secretary of Woman's For- 
eign Missionary Society, was introduced to the Conference. 

The meeting of the Electoral College being the order of the 



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day, the Conference decided to alternate its sessions with the 
sessions of that body. 

Superannuate Fund Society granted leave of absence. 

Committee on Appeals granted leave of absence. 

Rev. J. A. McKaughan of the Baptist Church was introduced 
to the Conference 

The following resolution wus adopted: 

Rpsoh-fd, That it is the sense of this Conference and, we believe of 
the people of North Carolina, as well as of all Christian people in these 
United States, that the present member-elect, Brigham H. Roberts, 
from the State of Utah, ought not to be permitted to retain a seat in 
the Legislative Department of these United States. 

J. S. DUNN. 

H. S. B. THOMPSON. 

Conference adjourned for committees to meet. 



THIRD DAY— Evening Session. 



Conference met at 6:30, President Kennett in the chair. 

T. J. Ogburn, Secfetary and Treasurer of the Board of Foreign 
Missions, addressed the Conference on the subject of Missions. 

Collection was taken for incidental expenses of General Con- 
ference and for the incidental expenses of the Secretary of this 
Conference, which amounted to $15.08, $5.00 of which is to go 
to the General Conference. 

Program Committee announced that Miss Annie Lee Forrest, 
Traveling Secretary of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, 
would address the Conference Saturday at 6:30 p. m. 

Report of Committee on Why Not Appeal su bmitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 6, 

Report of Committee on Pastoral Work submitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 7. 

Conference adjourned. 



FOURTH DAY— Morning Session. 



Conference met at 8:30, with C. L. Whitaker in the chair. 
Devotional exercises conducted by Wm. Porter. 
Minutes read, corrected and approved. 
W. P. Pickett was invited to a seat within the bar. 



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Committee on Christian Endeavor retired by consent. 

Report of Committee to Receive Funds from beneficiaries sub- 
mitted and adopted. See Report No. 8. 

Report of Committee to Prepare Program for Seventieth An- 
niversary submitted and adopted. See Report No. 9. 

Motion that balance in hands of the above committee be used 
for publishing minutes. So amended as to turn over one-half 
to J. F. McCulloch to be used in the improvement of Our Church 
Record) the other half for publishing the minutes, and adopted. 

Report of Committee on Fraternal Relations submitted and 
recommitted. 

2 o'clock p. m. to-day fixed as time for meeting of Conference 
Brotherhood. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Whereas, Prof. G. W. Holmes did so long unselfishly and accept- 
ably manage Yadkin College High School, and 

Whereas, He did grant free tuition to so many young men, be it 
Resolved, That it is the sense of this Conference that Bro. Holmes 
merits the highest appreciation of this body. 

Resolved, That this Conference tender Bro. Holmes its hearty thanks 
for his noble work at said institution. 

W. E. SWAIN, 

C. A. CECIL, 

J. D. WILLIAMS. 

Board of Superannuate Fund Society granted permission to 
retire. 

J. L. Giles granted permission to make statement to Confer- 
ence. 

On motion the following Committee appointed to ascertain 
amount necessary to defray expenses of delegates to General 
Conference, and apportion the same among the charges in the 
same ratio as the President's salary, the chairman to act as 
Treasurer and receive the funds thus collected : T. M. Johnson, 
J. Norman Wills, R. H. Brooks. 

The action of the Fourth Quarterly Conference of Wadesboro, 
in dropping Union Chapel, was endorsed. 

Secretary directed to send greetings to the Western North 
Carolina Conference, M. K. Church South, in session at Concord. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Whereas irresponsible parties, sometimes falsely claiming proper 
authority to preach the gospel and in some cases ignoring all such 
authority, have been granted permission to preach in our pulpits, 
often to the confusion and demoralization of the churches and con- 
gregations, be it 

Resolved, That this Conference hereby urge the pastors and Trustees 
to deny the USe of our pulpits and churches to all that do not 



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come properly recommended as in good standing in some evangelical 
church. G. F. MILLAWAY, 

W. C. HAMMER, 
C. E. M. RAPER, 

Recommendations from Wadesboro Quarterly Conference, 
recommending S. R. Brock and J. L. Giles to the itinerancy ; 
also recommendations from Buncombe Fourth Quarterly Confer- 
ence, and from the Fourth Quarterly Conference of Lexington, 
recommending respectively J. F. Austin and S. A. Cross to the 
itinerancy, referred to Faculty. 

On motion permanent Boundary Committee elected as fol- 
lows: W. A. Bunch and J. L. Ogburn to serve one year; W. F. 
McDowell and J. Norman Wills, for two years. 

Report of Committee on Christian Endeavor submitted and 
adopted. See Report No. 10. 

Committee on Fraternal Relations re-submitted report which 
was adopted. See Report No. 11. 

Conference took a recess of 30 minutes. 

Report of Committee on Missions submitted and by consent 
temporarily withdrawn. 

Partial report of Committee on Boundaries submitted and 
adopted. See Report No. 1 2, Part I. 

Ordered that balance on hand from publishing minutes last 
year be applied to that purpose this year. 

J. F. McCulloch was elected committee to publish minutes. 

The official character of N. M. Modlin passed. 

Conference took collection for family of R. R. Michaux, 
amounting to $54.50. 

Committee on Ministerial Moral Character retired by consent. 

Report ot Committee on Statistics submitted and adopted. 
See sheet. 

Report of Committee on Finance submitted. The hour of 
adjournment having arrived, adjournment was deferred to finish 
reading report. 

Conference adjourned. 



FOURTH DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Conference met at 1 o'clock, with C L. Whitaker in the chair. 

Motion that report of Ci»mtnittee on Finance be re-read car- 
ried and re-considered. Report considered item by item. Pre- 
liminary adopted. Items 1, 2, 3, 4 adopted. Item 5 so amended 
as to read, '" We accept assessment laid by Board of Home Mis- 
sions." Items 6, 7, 8, 9 adopted. Action on item 10 deferred 



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until final report of Boundary Committee be made. See report 
No. 13. 

Board of Church Extension and Wm. Porter permitted to 
retire. 

Report of Publishing House Trustees submitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 14. 

J. R. Hutton and J. F. Dosier permitted to retire. 

Motion to lay on the table a resolution relating to legality of 
candidate for delegate, not nominated by Second Quarterly Con- 
ference, was lost. 

Action on the pending resolution deferred to hear report of 
Committee on Ministerial Moral Character. Report submitted 
and adopted. See Report No, 15. 

The following was offered as a substitute for the pending res- 
olution and adopted : 

Resolved, That it is the sense of this Conference that any mem- 
ber on any charge in the North Carolina District is at liberty to vote 
for any member for delegate to the Annual Conference, that he may 
choose. W. E. SWAIN, 

C. A. CECIL, 
J. R. HUTTON. 

Committee to examine Class Books submitted and adopted as 
follows : 

Your committee appointed to examine Class Books wish to report 
as follows : Upon the examination of books presented to us we pre- 
sume to the best of our knowledge and belief that they are in a fair 
condition. J. R. HUTTON, 

J. F. DOSIER. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That the resolution requiring pastors to bring their 
class books to the Annual Conference be rescinded, and that the Pres- 
ident be requested to make examination of class books during his 
visit to the various charges. J. R. HUTTON, 

J. F. DOSIER, 
C. A. CECIL. 

Report of Committee on Missions submitted and adopted. See 
Report No. 16. 

On motion each pastor is required to collect so for as possible 
all unpaid pledges on Publishing House. 

On motion Dr. D. P. Whitley requested to furnish the manu- 
script of his Address of Welcome for publication ; and G. F. Mil- 
laway to furnish manuscript of Response for publication. 

Motion to adjourn lost. 

A, h. Hunter asked for instruction concerning the credentials 



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of a brother, which had been carried away. Matter referred to 
the Faculty. 

Ordered that the Chair appoint a Committee to arrange a plan 
of appointments for Miss Annie L. Forrest. 

Adjourned by benediction. 



FOURTH DAY— Evening Session. 



Conference met at 6:30, C L. Whitaker in the chair. 

Miss Annie L. Forrest, Traveling Secretary of the Woman's 
Foreign Missionary Society, addressed the Conference in the in- 
terest of woman's work. Collection for same amounted to $41.80. 

Committee to arrange plan of appointment for Miss Forrest 
announced as follows : T. -J. Ogburn, W E. Swain, Win. Porter, 
W. C. Whitaker, Chas. Ross. 

Report of Board of Church Extension submitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 17. 

On motion Cary H. Whitaker and R. M. Andrews were elected 
a Program Committee (one other member, a layman, to be ap 
pointed by the chairman) to arrange a schedule for tiie routine 
business of next Conference, including time for visiting speakers, 
also to devise a plan for receiving moneys for general interests. 

Report on Asheville Pastor's Salary submitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 18. 

The Electoral College reported the following representatives 
elected to the Genenil Conference : Ministerial, W. F. Kennett, 
W. A. Bunch, T. J. Ogburn, T. M. Johnson, C. L. Whitaker, C. 
A. Cecil, J. F. McCuUoch, J. R. Hutton, G. F. Millaway ; lay, 
W. C. Whitaker, R. H. Brooks, W. P. Pickett, .J. Norman Wills, 
J. M. Hadley, J. Allen Holt, A. J. Harris, R. T. Pickens, W. K. 
Hartsell. Alternates, ministerial, J. S. Williams, W. E. Swain, 
J. E. Hartsell, H. S. B. Thompson, J. H. Stowe ; lav, 0. R. 
Cox, F. R. Harris, J. N. Gill, .J. L. Ogburn, A. M. Rankin. 

Committee on Pulpit Service made the following announce- 
ment: Sunday, Nov. 27th, Albemarle, at 11 a. m., M. E. Church, 
South, T. J. Ogburn ; Baptist, J. S .Williams ; 6:30 p. m., Baptist, 
J. D. Williams. Friendship, 10 a.m., Experience meeting; 11a.m., 
W. E. Swain; 2:30 p. m.. Memorial -ervice; 6:30 p. m., W. A. 
Bunch; Salem M. E. Church, G. F. Millaway. 

Conference adjourned. 



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FIFTH DAY — Morning Session. 



Conference met at 8:30, President Kennett in the chair. 

S. E. Lucas conducted devotional exercises. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

Boundary Committee permitted to retire. 

Report of Obituary Committees to prepare obituary for A. W. 
Lineberry and R. R, Hanner, and partial report of Committee to 
prepare obituary for R. R. Michaux adopted. Motion that these 
reports be published in Our Church Record and not in minutes, 
so amended as to leave it optional with Committee to publish 
in minutes if he deems best, adopted. 

The following resolution adopted by rising vote: 

Whereas, The brethren and friends of PMendship Church bo kindly 
invited this Conference to hold it present session in tlieir midst and 
have made our stay so pleasant and agreeable, be it 

Rfniilreil, That we do greatly esteem every token of kindness shown 
by their love and liberality toward this Annual Conference, and pray 
God's blessing upon them all. 

J. S. DUNN, 

W. C. LASSITER, 

D. A. HIGHFILL. 

Moved that Stationing Committee report during this morn- 
ing's session. Amendment requiring that they report at 2 
o'clock P. M. Amendment to amendment, requiring that the 
Committee report at their earliest practical convenience, carried. 
Motion as amended adopted. 

On motion required that Faculty and those having business 
with Faculty meet next year and thereafter on the day preced- 
ing sitting of the Conference. 

Address on Church Finance prepared by J. S. Hunter made 
the order of the day for 10 o'clock to-da3^ 

The lollovving Committee was elected to fix a standard size for 
page of printed minutes: J. F. McCulloch, T. M. Johnson, W. 
F. Kennett. 

The following resolution was adopted by a rising vote: 

Resolved, That inasmuch as A. E. Plyler has shown so great kind- 
ness in inviting, arranging for, and entertaining this Conference at 
Plyler, that we tender him a special vote of thanks. 

J. H. MOTON, 

C. L. WHITAKER, 

W. C. WHITAKER. 

Report of Committee on Sunday Schools submitted and 
adopted. See Report No. 19. 

The following resolution adopted : 



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Whereas, It is learned that some of our Sunday Schools ignore 
the law of our Discipline in the election of the Superintendent, offi- 
cers and teachers, be it 

Resolvt'fl, That it is the sense of this Conference that such Sunday 
Schools should be adjudged insubordinate and should receive the cen- 
sure of this Conference ; and that the Superintendents illegally elected 
should be refused seats in the Quarterly Conference. 

T. J. OGBURN, 
J. F. DOSIER. 

Order of the day deferred to hear final report of the Boundary 
Committee. Report submitted, and moved to adopt. After con- 
siderable debate, previous question moved and carried. Report 
adopted. See Report No. 12, part II. 

It being the order of the day J. R. Hutton read paper on 
Church Finances prepared by J. S. Hunter. Moved to publish 
in Our Church Record. Amendment to publish also in minutes 
havinof been withdrawn, the motion prevailed. 

The following resolution was presented. After some discus- 
sion, the previous question was moved and carried. Paper 
adopted : 

Whereas, There is difference of opinion as to whether a private 
member of the church, having been tried by a local committee and 
having appealed to the Quarterly Conference, has an appeal, on a 
point of law, to the Annual Conference, be it 

Resolved, That the General Conference be and hereby is memorial- 
ized to render a decision on this point. 

T. M. JOHNSON, 
W. C. WHITAKER. 

Report of Committee on Literature submitted. 

W. A. Bunch was released from serving on Committee to ar- 
range plan of appointments for Miss Forrest, and T. J. Ogburn 
substituted. 

Moved to adopt Report of Committee on Literature. So 
amended as to consider item by item. Items 1, 2 adopted. Item 
3 stricken out. Items 4, 5, 6 adopted. Item 7 stricken out. Re- 
port as amended adopted. See Report No. 20. 

Conference adjourned until 1 o'clock. 



FIFTH DAY— Afternoon Session. 



Conference met at 1 o'clock with the president in the chair. 
On motion report of Committee on Finance recommitted. 
J. F. McCuUoch was excused from further attendance. 
J. M. Hadley excused from further attendance after 3 o'clock 
and J. T. Cozart after 4 o'clock. 



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Item 10 of report of Comnnttee on Finance adopted. Report 
as a whole adopted. See report No 13. 

Report of Conference Stewards submitted and adopted. See 
sheet. 

Re port of Faculty submitted and adopted. See Report No. 21. 

Committee on Appeals and Stationing Commmittee granted 
leave of absence. 

Report of Superannuate Fund Society submitted and adopted. 
See Report No. 22. 

Official character of J. S. Williams, W. A. Bunch, and R. M. 
Andrews f)assed. 

Resolution in Regard to deferring action on reports of Com- 
mittees until day after they are submitted was lost. 

Consecration meeting was made the order of the day for 6:30 
p. m. 

Ordered that Collectors turn over to Secret iry of Conference 
funds for Hon)e Missions and American Bible Society, to be for- 
warded to the proper persons to receive them. 

On motion J. H. Bowman was elected to Elder's orders, and 
time for ordination fixed at the close of consecration meeting. 

On motion the names of L. L. Albright and J. R. Savage, who 
have been granted letters of good standing, be stricken from the 
roll. 

The following resolution adopted : 

Resolved, That this Annual Conference request A. J. Harris, of 
Henderson, to present to the next session of the Conference a plan for 
organizing a Historical Association, the purpose of which shall be (1) 
To obtain all the facts of history and biography pertaining to the 
Methodist Protestant Church in North Carolina. (2j To gather the 
facts of historic interest concerning Methodist Protestant Church at 
large. (3) To establish a repository for whatever records may be ob- 
tained by said Association. 

J. S. WILLIAMS, 
T. M. JOHNSON, 
J. H. STOWE. 

By request P. W. Mock made a short address on Church 
Finances. 

Letter from .J. H. Gilbreath read and referre 1 to Faculty. 

On motion it was ordered that J. F. McCuUoch be requested 
to publish in Our Church Record the preliminary of report of 
Committee on Finance and that same be not published in min- 
utes. 

Motion requesting that publication of the above preliminary 
be deierred until minutes are out was lost. 

On motion communications from certain churches in South 
Carolina to P. C. Battle referred to Permanent Boundary Com- 
mittee. 



u 

On motion required that pustors furnish post office address 
to publisher of minutes as soon as ascertained, that they may 
appear in the minutes. 

Minutes read, corrected and approved. 

Committee announced plan of appointments for Miss Annie L. 
Forrest. 

Conference adjourned by benediction. 



FIFTH DAY — Evening Session. 



Conference met at 6:30, President Kennett in the chair. 

J. H. Moton led consecration meeting. 

J. H. Bowman was ordained by President, assisted by W. A. 
Bunch and W. E. Swain, and on motion was made a member of 
Conference. 

On motion last year's Board of Church Extension was re- 
elected as follows: W. F. Kennett, R. H. Brooks, W. A. Bunch, 
J. Allen Holt, T. M. Johnson. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That pastors be required to remit to the Treasurer of 
the Board of Church Extension amounts for Twentieth Century Funds 
as received. 

The following Committee was appointed to prepare an exer- 
cise to be used in raising Twentieth Century Fund : J. Nor- 
man Wills, J. F. McCulloch, J. R. Hutton, T. M. Johnson, J. S. 
Hunter. 

On motion report of Stationing Committee was submitted. See 
Report No. 23. 

Minutes read and approved. 

Conference adjourned by prayer by \V. C. Hammer, to meet 
at Pinnacle at the time appointed. 

W. F. KENNETT, President. 
T. M. JOHNSON, Secretary. 



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REPORTS. 



Report No. i. 
ON PRESIDENT'S REPORT. 

1. The committee would recommend that special attention be given 
to the opening in Reidsville. If the Annual Conference fails to enter 
it now, we would suggest that the President and Board of Church 
Extension be directed to keep this place in mind, to be entered as 
soon as practicable. 

2. We approve the recommendation regarding a plan for Church 
Extension collection. 

3. We suggest that the pastor of next year and the delegate of this 
year from each charge be made a committee to inform the Quarterly 
Conference that the Annual Conference recommends that stewards 
be required to report quarterly to their respective churches the 
amounts received and by whom paid. 

4. We approve the recommendation that a schedule of collections 
for general interests be prepared. 

5. We approve the recommendation that the members of the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries be elected for a term of years, and would sug- 
gest that the Committee consist of the President of the Annual Con- 
ference, Chairman, and two ministers and two laymen, one minister 
and one layman being elected each year for a term of two years, ex- 
cepting the first year, when one minister and one layman are elected 
for one year. 

6. We recommend that the matter of the Twentieth Century Fund 
be referred to the Committee on Finance. 

7. We recommend that the expenses of the Secretary's office be 
met by a collection taken in the session of the Annual Conference. 

8. We recommend that a committee be appointed to hear and con- 
sider and if deemed necessary report upon the case of the S. R. Rich- 
ardson trial on Why Not Circuit. 

J. F. Mcculloch, 

D. A. HIGHFILL, 
W. A. BOWMAN, 
G. F. MILLAWAY, 
MISS SALLIE CHERRY. 



Report No. 2. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

Your Committee on Unfinished Business, having carefully exam- 
ined minutes of last Conference, find only one item, viz: 

On page iS of printed minutes, item 11 in report of Committee on 
President's Report, on motion item 11 postponed for one year, then to 
be taken up for further consideration. 

W. C. KENNETT, 
W. D. FOGLEMAN, 
L. H. McADAMS. 



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Report No. 3. 
TEflPERANCE. 

Believing that imtemperance is the cause of more suffering than 
famine, pestilence, and war: and believing that the saloon cannot 
legally exist without sin, hence the attitude of the church must for- 
ever be that of hostility to the manufacture, importation, exportation 
or sale of alcoholic liquors as a beverage. 

We deplore the fact that by a decision of the Attorney-General of 
the United States the action of Congress, intended to abolish the army 
canteen, has been rendered ineffective, and respectfully call upon the 
President of the United States, Commander-in-Chief of the Army and 
Navy, to enforce the law according to the aim and intent of Congress. 

We call upon all good citizens to join us in rising above partisan 
feeling and use all honorable means for suppressing the traf3Eic in all 
its nefarious work. 

The Secretary of this Conference is hereby directed to transmit a 
copy of the action of this body to the President of the United States. 

W. C. HAMMEE, P. C. BATTLE, 
L. W. HOLT, H. B. KING, 



Report No. 4. 
ORDINANCES. 

1. We firmly believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper (the two 
ordinances acknowledged by the M. P. Church) are of Divine origin, 
and are to be perpetuated in the Church to the end of time. 

2. That to be a good minister of Jesus Christ, he must be faithful 
to those over whom God has given him the oversight, teaching them 
the true nature and use of these ordinances, and faithfully administer 
the same. 

Any minister of the N. C. Conference failing to do this, deserves a 
reprimand from the President, which should be faithfully and lov- 
ingly administered. 

8. That Christian parents are required by the Divine law to 
dedicate their children to God by the holy ordinance of baptism, 
thereby acknowledging the high claim of Almighty God to the life 
and service of their offspring, and their own obligations to the Most 
High, to their children, and to the Church of Christ, to guide their 
feet into the paths of righteousness, and to raise them up in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord. 

4. That all unbaptized adults seeking admission into the Church of 
Christ should first receive the ordinance of baptism as a prerequisite 
of membership in the M. P. Church. 

5. That it is the duty and privilege of every member of Christ's 
Church, when the table of the Lord is spread, to claim their places at 
the table. And failure to do so, dishonors Christ and brings leanness 
to the soul. 

6. That we are no more at liberty to neglect this duty than we are 
to disobey the command to keep the Sabbath day holy. 

J. E. HAETSELL, 
W. F. ASHBUEN, 
JOSEPH WILLIS, 
S. S. ALLEN, 
W. F. MCDOWELL. 



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Report No. 5. 

COLLEGES. 

It is with great pleasure your committee notes the work done by 
Adrian College and Western Maryland College, and heartily recom- 
mend these institutions to all our people seeking a collegiate educa- 
tion. 

2. The growing influence and splendid work done in the past, and 
bright promises of Kansas City University makes it demand a deeper 
sympathy and wider patronage of the Church at large and your com- 
mittee takes pleasure in recommending the institution to all our peo- 
ple. 

3. We would also recommend for your favorable consideration 
Yadkin College High School. 

4. Oak Ridge Institute, while not under the control of the N. C. Con- 
ference, is doing such work as to merit the hearty endorsement of this 
Conference, and we recommend this institution to the favorable con- 
sideration of our people. 

5. We most heartily recommend Westminister Theological Semi- 
nary to all our young men contemplating the ministry, and to all our 
people for a wider sympathy and stronger financial aid, and insist 
that the amount asked of this Conference be contributed. 

6. We also call special attention to our Theological Seminary at 
Adrian College. 

W. E. SWAIN, J. N. GARRETT, 

J. P. SATTER WHITE, A. H. EVANS, Jr. 



Report No. 6. 

«' WHY NOT" APPEAL. 

Your Committee would respectfully report that we regard the tria 
of a certain private member on Why Not circuit illegal in the manner 
in which charges were preferred in that they were preferred by the pas- 
tor. We would further report that the pastor stated before the Com- 
mittee that he was unaware, at the time, of the illegality of his pro- 
ceedings. J. E. HUNTER, rhnirmav, 

J. F. Mcculloch, Secretary. 



Report No. 7. 
PASTORAL WORK. 

The poet sang "'Tis not a cause of small import, the pastor's care 
demands." Your Committee realize the sentiment and truth of the 
poet. 

We believe pastoral visiting to be important and necessary to our 
church. In order to do the most good and fill our mission as minis- 
ters and preachers we must find access to the homes and hearts of our 
people. This can only be done by visiting them. He should visit all of 
his members at least once a year and all of his congregations if 
possible. Thus he wins their affections and esteem, and is thereby 
qualified to do them the greatest good. 



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As to methods of visiting we suggest that it is the duty of the pas- 
tor to visit his ovs^n members first, pray with them and for them. Show 
your love for them by feeling of their spiritual pulse. The faithful 
pastor is no respecter of persons. He will visit all conditions of peo- 
ple. In the work we must exercise our judgment and pray for the 
direction of the Holy Spirit. Some churches with their pastors are 
dying because they have no pastors. 

We recommend that the ministers and preachers of this Conference 
spend more time in visiting their people and as you go from house to 
house distribute Methodist Protestant Principles. The success of our 
church and perpetuation as a denomination depends as much on pas- 
toral work as on preaching the word. 

C. A. < EflL, C. C. BOBBINS, 

G. S. KERNODLE, J. H. TOTTEN, 
H. R. LITTLE, W. L. HARRIS. 



Report No. 8. 
FUNDS FROM BENEFICIARIES. 

Your Committee reports moneys received as follows : 

W. E. Swain (in full) §12.00 

N. M. Modlin (he claims in full) 33.02 

J. D. Williams (ten per cent, of salary) 41.40 

C. H. Whitaker 12.00 

J. S. Williams (interest) 10.20 

Total $108.62 

C. A. CECIL, Committee. 



Report No. p. 

ON PROGRAn FOR SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY. 

Your committee would report the work done at an expense for 
printing and postage of $27.45. The expense was met by collections 
taken by pastors, amounting to $48.92. There remains in hand a sur- 
plus of $21.47, the disposition of which is subject to your direction. 

J. F. Mcculloch, chairman. 



Report No. lo. 
CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR. 

Believing that in many churches throughout the district the Chris- 
tian Endeavor interest is neglected where there is ample material for 
the organization and maintenance of useful societies, and believing 
that a society properly conducted in each of these places would be of 
great benefit to the people, of much aid and encouragement to the 
pastors, and a vital force in the service of "Christ and the Church," 
we earnestly urge the pastors to give this institution their careful 
consideration. 

We would recommend, 



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First, that, wherever possible, local unions be formed, that the so- 
cieties may be a stimulus one to another. 

Second, that intervisiting among local unions and subdistrict con- 
ferences be encouraged. 

Third, that recognizing the work of the Christian Endeavor editor 
of Oar C/iiircli Ri'conl, and of the Children's Column, conducted by 
"Aunt Ruth," and also of the "The North State Endeavor," and be- 
lieving these to be very helpful forces in the Christian Endeavor 
movement, they be brought to the attention of the local societies. 

W. R. LOWDERMILK, Chairm., 
H. L. POWELL, 
J. W. CREW, 
W. T. BANNER, 
CHAS. ROSS. 



Report No. ii. 
FRATERNAL RELATIONS. 

Your Committee on Fraternal Relations beg leave to submit the fol- 
lowing report: 

It would have afforded us much pleasure to have had with us Dr. 
Tagg, editor of the McthodiM I'ntii-xtuvt, Rev. J. C. Berrien, Correspond- 
ing Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Ministerial Education, 
and H. L. Elderdice, President of Westminster Theological Seminary, 
but as they could not be with us we return to them our thanks for 
sending us such an able representative in the person of Rev. T. H. 
Lewis, D. D., President of Western Maryland College, whose addresses 
and sermon have been so edifying to this body. And we hereby ten- 
der to him our thanks, and extend to him a cordial invitation for the 
future, and pray God's blessings upon him in his noble work. 

We are also glad to have had with us Rev. D. S. Stephens, D. D., 
Chancellor of Kansas City University, who so ably represented the 
interests of our Church in the far west, and Kansas University; some- 
thing of which we are all proud. 

And we are more than glad to have with us Rev. T. J. Ogburn, 
Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Foreign Mis- 
sions, who is one of us, who so clearly and forcibly presented the 
cause of Foreign Missions, the cause which he so much loves. 

We are also pleased to have with us Miss Annie L. Forrest, Travel- 
ing Secretary of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, whose ad- 
dress to this Comference will no doubt accomplish the desired end, 
viz: create a greater interest in Woman's Foreign Missionary work. 

N. M. MODLIN, 
J. D. WILLIAMS, 
W. T. TUCKER. 



Report No. 12. Part 1. 
BOUNDARIES. 

We recommend. First, that Asheville Mission be discontinued, and 
that Swannanoa church be attached to Buncombe circuit. 

Second, that the name of Caroleen and Forest City Mission be 
changed to that of Broad River Mission, 



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Third, that Mt. Pleasant and Fairview churches be detatched from 
Winston circuit and be attached to Guilford circuit. 

Fourth, that the Lexington work be attached to the Winston circuit. 

Fifth, that High Point Mission be changed to High Point Station. 

Sixth, that the name of New Garden circuit be changed to East 
Guilford. 

Seventh, that the town of Graham be made an appointment and at- 
tached to Burlington, and that the same be known as Burlington 
Station. 

W. A. BUNCH, Chairman. 

PART II. 

In view of the importance of occupying Reidsville, Rocky Mount 
and other points, and anticipating the difficulty of prescribing bound- 
aries, we therefore recommend that these points be referred to the 
care of the Board of Church Extension, and that they be requested 
to employ a Missionary for the working of such territory as the Board 
may see proper. W. A. BUNCH, Chairman. 



Report No. 13. 

FINANCE. 

Having thus tried to impress upon this Conference the crying need 
of more liberality in giving to one and all of its causes, we would feel 
that our work is but half complete if we failed to suggest some plans 
of operation for the coming year. 

1. We recognize the need of paying more liberal salaries to our min- 
isters. It means no reflection on the faithfulness of our ministers to 
say that we cannot hope to secure and retain the services of men of 
ability unless we pay living salaries. It is not amiss to add that a 
more liberal salary paid in full cannot be realized unless there is faith- 
ful pastoral work, and untiring devotion to every interest of the 
Church. 

2. The amount promised the pastor should be regarded as a sacred 
business obligation ; the failure to fulfill it as dishonest. 

3. As we sit during the closing weeks of the old century, and just 
upon the eve of the new, we feel that some unusual expression of 
our gratitude to God is fitting for mercies bestowed upon us in the 
past and appreciation of the fact that the new century soon to dawn is 
big with possibilities. 

We heartily endorse the spirit which is animating the most progres- 
sive of our Conferences. Maryland has agreed to raise twenty thous- 
and dollars as a Twentieth Century Thank Offering. While we may 
not be able to give this much, we can show our appreciation of the 
opportunity by giving in proportion to our ability. We believe the 
fields now inviting us, especially the towns of Reidsville and Rocky 
Mount, make it imperative that we raise at least three thousand dol- 
lars, same to be known as a Twentieth Century Thank Offering for 
the extension of our work in North (Jarolina. Said fund to be under 
control of the Board of Church Extension. 

May the dawn of the new century witness the dawn of a new era for . 
the Methodist Protestant Church in North ( arolina. 

4. We recommend the adoption of the individual assessment plan in 



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every instance, as the best means of raising the pastor's salary ; and 
we further recommend the use of envelopes in collecting money for 
the general interests of the ( 'hurch, and that same be furnished by the 
Board of Church Extension. 

5. We recognize the advantage in having the District assessed a def- 
inite amount for Foreign Missions and Theological Seminary, as has 
been the custom during the past year. We therefore recommend that 
the assessment be so extended as to include the following general in- 
terests, and that the President's salary be a basis for apportioning the 
same : 

Foreign Missions 81,800.00 

Home Missions, per assessment laid by Board of Home Mis- 
sions 

Twentieth Century Thank Offering, for Church Extension... 3,000.00 

Ministerial Education 100. Ou 

Superannuates 300.00 

Colleges 80.00 

Theological Seminary 300.00 

American Bible Society 50.00 

and, that the First Quarterly Conference of the circuits apportion these 
amounts to the various Churches on the charge. 

6. We believe that it should be the duty of each pastor to present 
every cause for which collections are wanted by the Conference to 
every congregation on his charge, and that he should prepare a sched- 
ule of collections and the time at wliich they are to be taken, early in 
the year, and acquaint his people with same ; and that he should 
preach at least one sermon during the year to each of his congrega- 
tions upon the subject of liberality and the financial obligations of 
the people to the various interests of the Church. 

7. We recommend that Easter and Children's Day services be held 
wherever practicable, and that the proceeds of such services be turned 
over to the Home and Foreign Missionary Boards respectively, as 
heretofore. 

We also recommend that a committee be appointed to prepare a 
service to be used for the collection of the Twentieth Century Thank 
Offering. 

8. We recommend that the pastors be requested to take up collec- 
tions to defray the expense of delegates to the next General Confer- 
ence, and that a treasurer be appointed to receive such collections not 
later than the fiteenth of April, 1900. 

We recommend that the President's salary be .81,000.00, apportioned 
as follows : (See next page.) 

R. H. BROOKS, 
J. R. HUTTON, 
H. S. B. THOMPSON, 
W. W. HUNTER, * 
W. K. HARTSELL. 



Alamance 

Albemarle 

Asheboro. 

Buncombe 

Burlington 

Caldwell 

Catawba 

Chatham 

Cleveland 

Davidson 

Flat Eock 

Forsyth 

Gibson ville. 

Granville 

Greensboro 

Greenville 

Guilford 

Halifax 

Haw Eiver 

Henderson 

High Point 

Ivy 

LaGrange 

Liberty 

Lincoln 

Littleton.. 

Mecklenburg 

Mocksville .. 

Mt. Hermon 

Orange 

Plymouth 

Randleman 

Randolph 

Richland 

Roanoke 

Saxapahaw 

Spring Church 

Stanly 

Surry 

Tabernacle 

Uwharrie 

Vance 

Wadesboro 

Why Not 

Winston Circuit 

Winston Station 

Yadkin 

East Guilford 

Broad River Mission 



President's Claim. 


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Report No. 14. 

PUBLISHING HOUSE TRUSTEES. 

Greensboro, N. C , Nov. 21, 1899. 
To flie Anmud Conf< rencr of fli^' Mithnclist J^rotisfnnt Cliurcli, 

Dear Brethren:— On behalf of the Trustees of the Methodist Prot- 
estant Publishing House, 1 have the honor to submit the following 
annual report: 

We regret to state that no further payments have been made on the 
pledges due to the building fund. It would be very gratifying if at 
least a portion of this balance, amounting to §446.04, could be col- 
lected. 

During the year we have made some additions in the way of perma- 
nent improvements, making the present cost of our building .§8, 068. 58. 

The report of the Treasurer shows a net income from 

Eentals, of $871.40 

This has been applied as follows: 

To Oar Church R>'cnrd, $240.00 

Paid for Repairs, 26.65 

Paid Interest, 124.62 

Paid Incidental Expenses, (Water Rent, 

Stamps, &c.,) 39.07 430.34 



Leaving a balance of §441.06 

This has been applied to the debt, which has been reduced to 
§2,000.00; and to make tlie permanent improvements referred to above, 
leaving a balance of §119.80 now in the Treasury. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. NORMAN WILLS, Secretary. 
By order of the Board of Trustees. 



Report No. 15. 

niNISTERIAL nORAL CHARACTER. 

Your Committee would report that Bro. J. G. W. Holloway ap- 
peared before us and expressed himself as sincerely sorry for the con- 
duct on account of which the passage of his character was suspended 
last year and requested that the committee make the same statement 
for him to the Conference. We therefore recommend tliat Bro. Hol- 
loway'sname be restored to the Conference roll of ministerial members. 

W. W. AMICK, Chairman, 
CLIFTON L. WHITAKER, 

J. F. Mcculloch, 

W. A. BUNCH. 



Report No. 16. 

MISSIONS. 

This has been a banner year for missionary interests in North Caro- 
lina. The marvelous growth of church extension is accelerated by 
the large reflex yield in interest and means from the new fields already 
opened. Home Missions have not attracted quite so much attention, 



u 

perhaps, but this department of our work demands an interest sur- 
passing our local field to the extent that the unoccupied territory in 
the United States surpasses the unoccupied field in our own state. 
To Foreign Missions we have contributed more money this year by 
i8!451.86 than in any previous year, God has laid His hand upon one 
of our young men and upon one of our young women to go into the 
work in Japan. In addition to the exceedingly liberal gifts in money 
from many charges — gifts that are costly because of the honest toil 
they represent — our church has laid upon the Missionary altar the 
more costly gifts of consecrated and talented life in the persons of 
Eev. J. W. Frank and Mrs. Josie Case Frank. We believe that the 
hand of God is in this because it strikes deep into the hearts of some 
of those who are the truest friends in our state, and have given means 
and service to the support of the church. 

It has always been that God chooses the best from His best friends 
for His best work. For example, the only son of His friend Abraham 
to typify the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 

We approve the recommendation of the committee on Finance that 
we devote the Twentieth Century Fund to Church Extension. 

We recommend that Easter Sunday be observed as Home Missionary 
Day, that the envelopes for this collection be distributed at least one 
month before. 

We recommend that the district assessment for Foreign Missions 
be apportioned among the charges on the basis of the President's sal- 
ary, that pastors arrange for a quarterly collection for Foreign Mis- 
sions by the Sunday schools, that an effort be made to secure an 
average of two cents a quarter from each Sunday school member in 
North Carolina, that Children's Day service be observed in the month 
of May if possible, that an envelope be placed with every church 
member and Sunday school scholar, at least one month beforehand. 

We note with pleasure that Annie L. Forrest, a returned Missionary 
from Japan, is with us in the interest of the Woman's Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society and is planning a tour of our district. We commend 
her to all our pastors and congregations and pray that she may suc- 
ceed in extending throughout the state the work already commenced 
by the women of Grace church, Greensboro. 

We recommend that every possible means be used to inform our 
people about our work in North Carolina, in the United States, and in 
Japan; and that the new field opened up in China with all other fields 
be brought to the intelligence of our people, through Sunday schools 
and Christian Endeavor libraries, the pulpit and our church press. 
C. L. WHITAKER, J. McW. ALEXANDER, 
J. H. MOTON, W. N. BROWN, 

J. C. BESS, J. H. PEGRAM, 

J. S. WILLIAMS. 



Report No. 17. 
BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION. 

RECEIPTS. 

April 27th, From Geo. B. Harris, - - - - - $ 45.00 

May 25th, from B. Davidson (former Treasurer), - - 68.00 

March 25th and August 14tli, from E. G. Lowdermilk, - - 7.11 

Forward, 120.11 



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Brought Forward, ..--.- 120.11 

August 21st, from C. A. Cecil, ------ 10.56 

November 24th, R. M. Andrews (refunded loan), - - - 20.00 

November 24th, A. L. Hunter, ------ 343.95 

November 24th, J. R. Hutton, ------- 121.03 



DISBURSEMENTS. 

May 12th, Paid W. A. Bunch (money advanced). 
May 20th, Loaned R. M. Andrews (Asheviile pastor), 
June 25th, " 

August 23rd, Paid J. F. McCuUoch for envelopes, 
August 24th, Paid W. A. Alexander (money advanced) 

Stamps, ---- 

November 25th, C. A. Cecil, 

November 25, Paid R. M. Andrews, - - - 

November 25th, N. G. Bethea, 

November 25th, W. R. Lowdermilk, - - - - 





615.65 


5.00 




10.00 




10.00 




5.49 




40.00 




.12 




125.00 




150.00 




150.00 




50.00 


$545.61 



Balance on hand, 70.04 

R. H. BROOKS, Treasurer. 



Report No. i8. 
ASHEVILLE PASTOR'S SALARY. 

Received from T. M. Johnson, - - - - $139.25 

" " all other sources, . . - - 23.75 



Credit, 163.00 

Paid R. M. Andrews, .'i?163.00 

R. H. BROOKS, Trensurer. 



Report No. 19. 

SUNDAY=SCHOOLS. 

What God would have us say to you is the thing that we desire. 1st. 
What is the Sunday-School? It is the Lhnrrli fttiidyiuc/ and tcachrng the 
Bible — supplemental in part to the work of the ministry. What is its 
aim? To neglect none; it is cosmopolitan. What its end? The mring 
and service of all the people unto the praise and glory of God. There- 
fore we conclude that as the chief end of man is the glory of God ev- 
erybody should know the end for which he is made and this can never 
be learned without the Word, and the Word spreads no further than it 
is scattered by the disciples of our Lord; so that the matter of taking 
the Christ to every creature rests with the church and the bringing of 
every creature to the Christ rests with the Sunday-school, and the 
Sunda-y-school is an agency of the Church. Church of God, forget 
not thy mission, is our first plea. Second, as streams do not rise above 
their fountain, so we need scarcely look for a church membership 
above the pastor, who should be thoroughly furnished unto all good 
works. We therefore suggest that the faculty of instruction select a 
suitable book on the S. S. work to be placed in the course of study for 



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candidates for the ministry and report to the next Annual Conference. 
We plead for pastors and people to do the very best they can, using 
the helps we have in the prosecution of this great work. See dis- 
cipline page 64, paragraph 8, and fail not to read Annual Conference 
minutes '97 and '98, committee report on S. S. Remember character 
making is our business, and the quickest and best methods should be 

used. T. F. Mcculloch, 

C. E. M. RAPER, 

A. M. IDOL, 

F. F. YORK, 

W. C. WHITAKER. 



Report No. 30. 
LITERATURE. 

1. Dr. Drinkhouse's History of Methodism ought to be in every 
Methodist Protestant library. We note with pleasure that 1,050 copies 
of Methodist Protestant Principles by T. H. Lewis have been taken 
by the members of this Conference. We urge that pastors and Sun- 
day school Superintendents use this little booklet and the Discipline 
of the church to teach the people the polity and principles of the 
Methodist Protestant Church. 

2. We heartily recommend our two general organs, the Methodist 
Protestmit and the MdliO'lid Recorder. These periodicals are well edited 
and should have the support of and be read by our people. 

3. (Struck out.) 

4. Our Churcli Record is peculiarly our own. We recommend that 
pastors and people show an appreciation of the sacrifice and faithful 
labors of J. F. McCuUoch, the editor, by an extraordinary effort to 
increase the circulation, looking to the enlargement of the paper and 
also at least one full page of substantial editorial matter just so soon 
as the income will justify these improvements. As an aid in inter- 
esting the people, we suggest that pastors arrange with the editor to 
visit their respective fields a.s editor. 

5. That there be as often as practicable special educational issues, 
giving information concerning our institutions and different depart- 
ments of work, such as Western Maryland College, Westminster The- 
ological Seminary, Kansas City University, Foreign Missions, Home 
Missions, Chvirch Extension, and the like. 

6. That, if it meet the editor's approval, there be kept at a prom- 
inent place in the paper some such expression as, "For one is your 
Master, even Christ: and all ye are brethren;" "Neither as being lords 
over God's heritage;" "In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, 
in all things charity." 

7. (Struck out.) T. M. JOHNSON, W. M. PIKE, 

E. A. POWELL, J. E. HUNTER, 

R. A. PICKENS, J. M. HADLEY. 



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Report No. 21. 
REPORT OF FACULTY. 

The Committee of Examination would report the following: 

1. Rev. J. L. Giles is recommended for the itineracy. 

2. C. A. Jones is admitted to the class of the first year. 

3. Drinkhouse's History of Methodist Eeform is substituted for Bas- 
sett's History of the M. P. Church, the first volume to be studied in 
the first year of the course, and the second volume in the second. 

4. Rev. S. A. Cross is advised to continue his studies. 

5. R. L. Clinton is admitted to the class of the first year. 

6. S. E. Lucas is recommended to be employed by the President, if 
needed. 

7. J. F. Austin is recommended to the stationing authority of the 
Conference. 

8. It is recommended that J. H. Gilbreath's credentials be restored 
to him. 

9. It is recommended that the President be authorized to ordain 
W. R. Lowdermilk and H. L. Powell on completion of the course of 
study. 

10. J. H. Bowman is recommended for ordination and reception 
into the Annual Conference. 

11. The following passed examination in the studies named: 

J. H. Bowman, in Butler's Analogy, Moral Science, Rhetoric, Logic, 
and Sermons. 

C. A. Jones, in " Pastor Amidst his Flock," Bassett's History. 

S. E. Lucas, in "Pastor Amidst his Flock," in Broadus, and Binney. 
H. L. Powell, in Moral Science and Sermon of the third year. 
J. M. Simpson, in Sermon of the first year. 

G. H. Austin, in Watson, first and second parts, in Blackburn's 
History. 

D. A. Brasswell, in Broadus. 

W. R. Lowdermilk in Blackburn's History. 



Report No. 22. 

SUPERANNUATE FUND SOCIETY. 

The Superannuate Fund Society of the N. C. Conference of the 
Methodist Protestant Church met at Plyler, N. C, Nov. 24, '99, during 
the sessions of the Annual Conference. Following were present: J. 
W. Heath. President; VV. VV. Amick. Vice President; W. C. Hammer, 
"W. L.Harris, R. H. Brooks, Ed. Willsand J. Norman Wills (by proxy). 
On motion R. H. Brooks was made secretary pro tem. On motion W. 
C. Hammer was made 2nd vice president. On motion bond of J. Nor- 
man Wills was offered and accepted. On motion Treasurer reported 
as follows: Note and cash on hand, .S307.28. W. L. Harris reported 
.*85.00 collected by Ed. Wills as rents on Halifax farm and turned same 
over to treasurer. O. P. Routh collector superannuate f«nd, turned 
over ;?216.99 to Treasurer. Total now in hands of Treasurer, .S559.27. On 
motion Ed. Wills was continued as agent for our Halifax real estate 
with request to reserve rents for two years to improve property, if in 
his judgment it seem wise to do so. On motion Board adiourned to 
meet Nov. 2.5 at 10 a. m. Board met Nov. 25 at 10 a m according to 
adjourned, J, W, Heath in the chair. Minutes read and approved. The 



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Board finding in the hands of Treasurer and collected at this Confer- 
ence ^^559. 27 recommends the following appropriations, to wit: 

Mrs. C. F. Harris $10.00 

Miss Sallie Albright 2'\00 

Mrs. A. J. Laughlin 10.00 

•' James Deans 35.00 

Mrs. R. E. Michaux !i?15, and SIO per month for nine months, begin- 
ning Jan, 1st, 1900, leaving a balance on hand of .i?379.27, to be dis- 
bursed by the Board as necessity may require. On motion minutes 
were read and adopted. On motion meeting adjourned. 

J. W. HEATH, President, 
' W. L. HARRIS, Secretary. 



Report No. 23. 
STATIONING COMMITTEE. 



Alam?nce, 
Albemarle, 
Asheboro and 
Cedar 
Buncomoe, 
Burlington, 
Broad River, 
Caldwell, 
Catawba, 
Chatham, 
Cleveland, 
Davidson, 
Flat Rock, 
Forsyth, 
Gibsonville, 
Granville, 
Greensboro, 
Greenville, 
Guilford, 
Halifax, 
Haw River, 
Henderson, 
High Point, 
Ivey, 

LaGrange, 
Liberty, 
Lincoln, 
Littleton, 
Mecklenburg, 
Mocksville, 
Mt. Hermon, 
East Guilford, 
Orange, 
Plymouth, 
Randleman, 



PASTOR. 

T. F. McCulloch, 
Unsupplied. 

Falls, I William Porter, 
J. H. Moton, 
C. H. Whitaker, 
N. G. Bethea, 
H. D. Garmon, 
S. E. Lucas, 
W. C. Kennett, 
W. F Ashburn, 
I. I. York, 
J. R. Hutton, 
W. C. Lassiter, 
E. G. Lovvdermilk, 

C. L. Whitaker, 
T. M. Johnson, 

D. A. Fishel, 
J. H. Stowe, 
P. C. Battle, 
(1 A. Ct'cil, 

J. S. Williams, 
W. R. Lowdermilk, 
P. D. INIoore, 
J. G. W. HoUoway, 
G. F. Millaway, 
J. E. Hartsell, 
H. L. Powell, 
J. F. Dosier, 
G. H. Austin, 
W. E. Swain, 

C. E. M. Paper, 

D. A. Highfill. 
D. A. Bras well, 
J. F- Austin, 



POST-OFFICE. 

Oakdale. 

Asheboro. 

Weaverville, 

Burlington. 

Caroleen. 

Rutherford College. 

Gastonia. 

Liberty. 

Fallston. 

High Point. 

Greensboro. 

Dosier. 

Gibsonville. 

Kittrell. 

Greensboro. 

Vaughan. 

High Point. 

Briukleyville. 

Greensboro. 

Henderson. 

High Point. 

Democrat. 

LaGrange. 

Liberty. 

Fallston. 

Littleton. 

Matthews. 

Dulins. 

Osceola. 

Guilford College. 

Liberty. 

Skinnersville. 

Randleman . 



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Randolph, 

Richland, 

Roanoke, 

Saxapahaw, 

Spring Church, 

Stanly, 

Surry, 

Tabernacle, 

Uwharrie, 

Vance, 

Wadesboro, 

Winston circuit, 

Winston station, 

Why Not, 

Yadkin, 



H. S B. Thompson, 
J. H. Bowman, 
J. D. Williams, 
W. W. Amick, 
J. H. Totten, 
E. A. Plyler, 
A. L. Hunter, 
W. A. Bunch, 
W. C. Hammer, 
W. M Pike, 
J L. (iiles. 
N. M Modlin, 
W. L Harris, 
W. D. Fogleman, 
J. N. Garrett, 



POST-OFFICE. 

Julian. 

L()ngview. 

Whitakers. 

Liberty. 

Kernersville. 

Plyler. 

Culler 

Tabernacle. 

High Point. 

Dabney. 

M;irshville 

Yadkin College. 

Winston. 

Why Not. 

Yadkin College. 



SUPERNUMERARIES. 

Liberty Circuit. — G. W. Bowman. Asheboro and Cedar Falls— Dr. 
T. T. Ferree. 

SUPERANNUATE. 

J. W. Heath. 

LOANED BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

T. J. Ogburn, Summerfield, N. C, and J. W. Frank. 

PROFESSOR IN WESTERN MARYLAND COLLEGE. 

S. Simpson, Westminister, Md. 

EDITOR OUR CHURCH RECORD. 

J. F. McCulloch, Greensboro, N. C. 

WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS AT THEIR OW^N REQUEST. 

C. A. Pickens, O. P. Routh, W. T. Totten. 



IN THE HANDS OF THE PRESIDENT. 

G. E. Hunt, J. S. Dunn, R. E. Davis. 

SUBJECT TO DIRECTION OF THE BOARD OF CHURCH EXTENSION. 

R. M. Andrews. 

Rev. W. F. McDowell was assigned to Catawba circuit, but resigned 
on account of unfavorable circumstances. 

W. F. KENNETT. 
J. M. HADLEY. 



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COURSES AND EXAMINERS. 



The Courses of Study and Examiners for Candidates for the Minis- 
try in this Conference are as follows: 

Price of 
Book. 
FiEST Year:— 

Binney's Theological Compend, Improved $ 50 

Broadus on Preparation and Delivery of Sermons 1 50 

The Pastor Amidst His Flock 8i 

Drinkhouse's History of Methodist Reform, Vol. I 

Written Sermon on "Repentance." 
Second Year: — 

Ralston' s Elements of Divinity 3 00 

Watson's Institutes, 3rd and 4th parts 2 90 

Blackburn's Church History of the Reformation 1 75 

Hart's Rhetoric 1 20 

Drinkhouse's History of Methodist Reform, Vol. II 

Written Sermon on Justification by Faith 
Third Year:— 

Watson's Institutes, 1st and 2nd parts 

Blackburn's Church History, concluded 

Hopkins' Law of Love, etc 1 50 

Jevon's Logic 40 

Bvitler's Analogy 65 

Written Sermon on "Apostasy," 

Rev. W. A. Bvmch examines in Watson's Institutes: Rev. J. H. 
Stowe in Binney's Compend; Rev. C. L. Whitaker in Broadus on Ser- 
mons and in Blackburn's Cliurch History; Rev. W. C. Kennett in 
Bassett's History; Rev. W. F. Kennett in "The Pastor Amidst His 
Flock" and Ralston's Elements; Rev. J. F. Dosier in Rhetoric and 
Hopkin's Law of Love; Rev. T. M. Johnson in Jevon's Logic; the 
Secretary in Butler's Analogy. The written sermons, which must 
be orignal and contain about 3,000 words, must be in the Secretary's 
hands four weeks before Conference. Candidates may be examined 
on one or more years at a time, as they choose. The Secretary will 
order books on receipt of money for the same. 

J. F. McCULLOCH, 
Secretary of Examining Board, 

Greensboro, N, C. 



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MINISTERIAL VOTING MEMBERS. 



Amick, W. W. 
Andrews, E. M. 
Ashburn, W. F. 
Battle, P. C. 
Bowman, G. W. 
Bowman, J. H. 
Bunch, W. A. 
Cecil, C. A. 
Dosier, J. F. 
Dunn, J. S. 
Ferree, T. T. 
Fishel, D. A. 
Fogleman, W. D. 
Forlines, C. E. 
Frank, J. W. 
Garrett, J. N. 
Hammer, W. C. 
Harris, W. L. 



Hartsell. J. E. 
Heath, J. W. 
Highfill, D. A. 
HoUoway, J. G. W. 
Hunt, Geo. E. 
Hunter, A. L. 
Hutton, J. R. 
Johnson, T. M. 
Kennett, W. C. 
Kennett, W. F. 
Lassiter, W. C. 
McCulloch, J. F. 
McCuUoch, T. F. 
McDowell, W. F. 
Millaway, G. F. 
Modlin, N. M. 
Moton, J. H. 
Moore, P. D. 



Ogbum, T. J. 
Porter, Wm. 
Pickens, C. A. 
Pike, W. M. 
Plyler, E. A. 
Raper, C. E. M. 
Simpson, S. 
Stowe, J. H. 
Swain. W. E. 
Totten, J. H. 
Totten, W. T. 
Thompson, H. S. B. 
Williams, J. D, 
Williams, J. S. 
Whitaker, C. H. 
Whitaker, C. L. 
York, I. I. 



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